Folks at Rancho Marisol are pretty tired, but are extremely happy with the harvest of olives this year. Frantoio, Leccino, Kalamata and Arbequina olives were hand picked and crushed within hours of being taken off the trees. It was a huge effort, and we are looking forward to some amazing olive oils!
Olive flavor varies greatly depending on when the olives are harvested. Whether used in olive oil or whole, olives picked one week apart from the same tree can taste very different from each other. More mature olives are sweeter and fruitier. The greener the fruit, the more antioxidants are present in its oil, which means a longer shelf life. However, green olives tend to be more peppery and bitter in taste. Careful consideration was put into when we harvested, and we are confident our product will reflect this in terms of flavor, nutritional value and quality.