Olives: from tree to table!
We’ve got a real treat for you – we have some amazing photos to share with you all the way from our friends in Seville! Take a look at these snapshots of our beautiful olives basking and growing in the Spanish sunshine.
Showing off in the baking sun, we couldn’t wait to show you how they’re coming along. Our farm manager in Seville has been keeping us up to date on how they’re doing, “Due to high temperatures, the Manzanilla and Queen olive trees in the Fragata olive groves flourished earlier this year – during May rather than June. There has been widespread flowering and the fruit set has been quite successful. Hence, a good harvest is expected this year. Other olive producing areas in Andalusia such as Jaen, Malaga and Granada, are still in full bloom as these regions are relatively less warm than Seville.”
First, the trees bloom in late spring, producing clusters of small white flowers. Olives gradually begin to grow and six to eight months after the flowers have bloomed, the fruit will reach its greatest weight – hurray, we have olives!
As you can see, the olives are not yet classed as ready but are already looking so vibrant and lovely! At the moment the olives are currently around the size of a pea, which is about 0.5-1cm wide. They are also starting to form a small pit or stone – how cute! Harvested in September, we can’t wait to get our hands on them!