Our oils

When we first planted our grove we didn't know which varieties of olive tree would grow and produce best for us, so we planted a selection. We probably have over 15 types ( there are thousands of varieties of olives native to different Mediterranean countries, though I know many people think there are only 3 - green, black and Kalamata!) All these varieties have their own subtle differences.  They ripen early or late, they are prolific or shy bearers.  Some tend to bear on alternate years, some are more subject to pest and disease, some are better for pickling, some are better for oil.  Some produce stronger flavoured oil, some are difficult to get oil out of.  It means our oils vary from year to year.  I tend to press by variety, but do occasionally blend.  In this space I will let you know what oils we have this year, along with any awards we have gathered on the way!
Currently  I sell our oil  at The Peel Farmers Market, at Dolphin Quays in Mandurah.  The markets are on every Sunday, but I only attend on the first Sunday of the month.  It is also kept at The Fruit Basket, Cranford Avenue in Brentwood, and at Loose Produce in Como. I will deliver locally, or you can call at the grove, if I am there to pick up your own.  The price is $15 for a 500 ml bottle.  I have specials occasionally on 2 litre flagons and a clearance at the end of the season - usually in May, when we start to harvest our new seasons fruit.


In 2012 we have produced three types of olive oil. 
Arbequina was the first one, harvested in May, and we picked over 2 tonnes of this. It is one of the major Spanish varieties It has produced a lovely delicate oil with a smooth buttery consistency and a touch of peppery after taste.  It is a beautiful oil for all purposes.  It is not high in polyphenols, so it is less bitter than some oils.  The down side to this is it is lower in antioxidants, and won't keep as long.  I usually recommend an 18 month storage life for un opened bottles, provided they are stored in a cool, dark place.
Koroneiki, a Greek variety is our main variety this year.  This oil has a distinctive floral bouquet.  Again it is not a robust oil, but rather a delicate sweet oil.  It is one of my favorites, and good for all purposes where you do not want too strong a flavour.
We also harvested some Mission.  This Mission is the Western Australian Mission, a variety first noted up near New Norcia where the Spanish monks first planted groves in the 19th century.  It is believed to be similar to the Italian Tuscan variety, Frantoio.  It is very commonly planted in Western Australian groves.  For us it has produced a robust oil with the typical Mission qualities, an aroma of cut grass and tomatoes, some bitterness and pepper.