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The olive: Harvest

Recolecta a mano Recolección de la Aceituna


The majority of the olives harvested are used to obtain oil. However, a considerable quantity of olives is picked by hand and used for table olives. These olives are collected in autumn, as the fruit does not have to be ripe.

The ripening process is slow, as it takes place in autumn and winter when the solar radiation is less. The state of ripening is determined via a scale from 0 to 7, and it is calculated by the range of colour of the skin and of the pulp.

Picking is generally done by hand, with great care and delicacy. The most normal procedures are side-shoot removal and beating of the trees.

Systems have appeared over the last few years that could be called "semi-manual" systems, introducing vibrating machines that make the fruit drop onto netting placed at the base of the olive tree and which are then emptied manually into baskets.

Recolecta con máquinas vibradoras

The fruit is prevented from falling to the ground in order not to spoil it. The picked fruit is transported as soon as possible to the olive presses to reduce their degradation.

Recolecta con vehiculos a motor

There are many different storage and transport means. These can vary from the historical plant fibre sacks-baskets and animal traction, to the present-day plastic materials and motorised vehicles to reach the destination.



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