Hudin Oil has its First Harvest

My brother recently bought his first home, which is up in my hometown of Oroville. The place is fine and he’s done a lot of work to improve it. But what’s really great is that he’s got about two hectares of land on which about 70 or more olive trees are growing.
It just so happens that while helping him move in last weekend, I took a look at the trees and saw that they were really ready for picking. Thankfully, a short stone’s throw from his land is Butte View Olive Oil who, in addition to selling their own oil, also press (or actually “spin” as it’s a centrifugal system) others’ at a cost of about $0.10 a kilogram. So, steeling myself for the pain that is picking olives, I got a crate, headed out in the truck and spent most of a day picking getting scratched up as well as some color in this first week of November.
In the end this netted only 50 kilos of olives. The owner over at Butte View laughed and asked if I “Got tired”. No, I didn’t. Because these trees haven’t been properly irrigated for god knows how long, the yield per tree was quite sad. Also, I was picking just a bit past the prime point and so a lot of ripe olives had already fallen. Despite all this, that 50kg of olives pressed in to eight liters of oil. This isn’t much, but it’s an excellent trial of the trees to see if they’re a) worth watering for next year and b) worth planting more of.
Most all of the trees are Mission olives which stand the harsh shift from hot, hot summers to cold, freezing winters. While a smaller olive that not ideal for canning, they are great for oil. The oil content is 22% of the olive, which you can see in the ratio of 50kg of olives to eight liters of oil. Well, actually, this is a bit less than 22% though because of the lack of water. But my brother just picked up the oil today and said that it’s a super dark green. Much darker than any of the other oils we’ve seen in the area. We’re not sure if this is because of less water that has made a more intense oil or just because these olives go that way. The aroma is bright and crisp, full of woody olive aromas. The taste is deep with a full bouquet of olives to it. My brother says it tastes like grass, but that’s because he hasn’t had proper oil before. It’s good stuff and it will be interesting to see what just a little bit of water next year will do for the crop.
Hudin Oil has its First Harvest

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  1. There are also useful medicinal compounds that come from olive leaf extract.

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