Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Olive oil by the barrel


T is for tugging.

Dani, the in-charge of Kibbutz Gezer Olives had just driven two heavy barrels of our fresh oil back from the olive press.

And they had to be off-loaded to the entrance of the kibbutz bomb shelter where the oil would later be bottled.

American volunteer Ashlea took a whiff.

Dani made the taste test.

Ashlea got a capful of the precious fruit of our olive-harvesting labor.

Luke, a WWOOFer from New Zealand, tried it too.

Only I, as reflected in the pure oil, was busy with the camera and mercifully too busy to drink.
UPDATE May 2018:  A brief video of the Kiwi volunteer Luke was just published! He talks about his good experience at Kibbutz Gezer.

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William Kendall said...

I can imagine the scent!

Petrea Burchard said...

I've never seen olive oil in such abundant quantity. I use it almost every day, and a barrel would come in handy!

Hildred said...

That was an interesting post, - I will think of it as I tugged my bottle of pure virgin olive oil off the shelf as the grocers.....

Anonymous said...

i can't imagine what it's like fresh. things are often different when fresh.

aLICE said...

Dina , does any of the olive oil get shipped to the US?

Roger Owen Green said...

Looks like a lot of work!


Dina said...

Haha, I love y'all's comments!

Alice, no no, there is not enough for export. The Gezer oil is only enough for local consumption.

See more at http://www.gezerolives.com/olives-for-dummies.html
and also Who We Are at

jackie @ travelnwrite said...

Oh I can smell it -- really I can as it is permeating the air here in the land of the Kalamata olive. Harvest is now in full swing with harvest taking place throughout the area. I can also appreciate the weight of those barrels as just the cans are heavy enough for us to grunt and groan when carrying them. And the taste, it is simply like drinking a miracle. Beautiful post, Dina.

ABC Wednesday said...

I never use it... but drinking it? I can not imagine the taste, nor why anyone should do it

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Dina said...

Tasting the new oil is a thing that has to be done, Melody. Everyone should try it at least once in a lifetime. Once was enough for me.

Here is a story about a taste panel tasting and judging different olive oils in a competition:

Ann said...

Olive Oil is just about all I use to cook. I would taste it.

Beverley Baird said...

Learned something new. So interesting to see the process and the photos.

Kay L. Davies said...

I'm another one who loves olive oil for cooking, but I'll never cook again without thinking of those huge barrels and, of course, the tasting process!
I also learned something new. Thanks, Dina!
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