Monday, 28 May 2012

How we harvest

This heavily laden little Arbequina is probably carrying 40 kilos of fruit

Deploying the catching net.  The fruit drops into the net and rolls into crates underneath the frame

Raking off the fruit.  We also have an electric and a compressed air harvester, but no one really likes using them because they get heavy and tiring on the back and arms

This is about 16 kilos of beautiful rosy Arbequina fruit in a crate on the back of the ute.  Arbequina is a spanish variety which produces a fairly mild, sweet oil.

Weighing the crates.  We aim to pick about 250 kilos maximum a day, as this is about all the press (and the operator!) can manage.

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