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Olive Harvest Time Fast Approaching.

Olive OilWe normally pick our Olives in early November. It proves very popular with guests. Some like to join in for an hour or two, others like last year spent three whole days helping out and very grateful we were to. Whether guests help for 10 minutes or three days they all enjoy the trip to the press to see for themselves the process of producing Extra Virgin Olive Oil from fruit they have helped to pick. We have 55 trees and hope to get around a tonne of Olives but it varies from year to year. The yield also varies depending mainly on the water content, a lot of rain before harvest will result in around 1 litre of oil from 25KGs to 1 litre from around 20Kgs of Olives.

We pick the fruit over a three day period, it is important not to leave the Olives any longer than 72 hours before pressing as this increases the acidity of the oil. The fruit is gathered by combing the branches with small plastic rakes so they fall onto large nets spread under the trees, these are then emptied into our trailer for transport to the press.

Olive Picking 2016At the press the Olives are cleaned and separated from any leaves and twigs and then the Olives are “Cold pressed” at around 35º to release the oil from the water. Depending on which press we use either we bottle it ourselves or they do it for us.

It’s not all hard work though. We try to enjoy a nice lunch each day during the picking and when we go to the press we have a nice coffee and tostado while the pressing is taking place followed by a long lunch on the way home.

We still have some availability during the beginning of November if you would like to help while enjoying a break at Finca Arboleda.

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Spain is the largest olive oil producer in the world, accounting for 44 per cent of the world’s annual supply, and the country’s love affair with the diminutive fruit shows no sign of decline despite new challenges.

WITH an estimated 340 million olive trees, Spain produces around 1.2 million tonnes of olive oil per year, enough to fill 400 Olympic swimming pools. About 45 per cent of the country’s olive oil is produced in the Andalucian province of Jaen, where olive plantations occupy 590,000 hectares including 66 million trees. These account for a fifth of the global olive oil supply, with the region producing more than the entire country of Italy, the world’s second-largest manufacturer. Olive trees are said to have been introduced to Spain by the Phoenicians almost 3,000 years ago, but it was the Romans who started large-scale production, with the Moors later introducing improved growing methods.

Fruity facts:

  • There are over 100 varieties of olive grown in Spain, but only 24 are regularly used to make oil.
  • Olive trees live on average for 3-600 years, with some of the world’s oldest examples found in Spain. One individual in Tarragona is said to be over 2,000 years old.
  • Despite leading the global production ranking, Spain with 11.3 kilos is runner-up to Greece (12.8 kilos) in terms of per capita consumption.
  • The Spanish word for oil, aceite, is derived from the Arabic word al-zait, which literally translates as ‘olive juice.’
  • There are four types of virgin olive oil, extra virgin, virgin, ordinary virgin and lampante, all of which differ in acidity with extra virgin, the highest grade, having the least.

I found this fun video on YouTube and have promised myself that I will make one this year.

David Bisbal In Huércal-Overa

Almeria’s most famous son will play in Huércal-Overa.

David Bisbal

David Bisbal will perform the final Spanish leg of his Hijos del Mar (sons of the sea) tour on Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 pm at El Hornillo football pitch in Huércal-Overa.

Bisbal is a Spanish singer, songwriter, and actor. He gained his initial fame as a runner-up on the interactive reality television show Operación Triunfo.

He has since released six studio albums, all of which topped the Spanish Albums Chart, in addition to recording a number of live albums. He has toured throughout Europe and Latin America and is now considered to be a crossover international artist. Bisbal has recived around 50 platinum discs for his recordings.

Hijos del Mar is his sixth studio album, recorded and produced in the United States, England, Sweden and Spain. It was released to the market on December 2, 2016, achieving in just two weeks platinum status in Spain. The first single “Antes que no” (Number One) achieved  No. 1 status on iTunes in 9 countries including Spain and several Latin American nations in the first days after its launch, as well as achieving good reviews in social networks due to the innovative production made in the video of the single. David Bisbal launched the music video for another song included in the sixth studio project “Hijos del Mar” called “Hurts too much”. This song arises from the idea of making a collaboration with Unicef and is dedicated to children who suffer the consequences of wars. As a promotion, the Hijos del Mar Tour covered most of Spain, saving the best till last in Huércal-Overa. It then continues the promotion in Latin America.

Tickets are €80 for the front rows and €32 for a general seat, plus all the usual fees. You can buy them through ticketmaster.es, David bisbal’s website or la cafetería del Teatro Villa de Huércal-Overa y en Joyería Vasary in town.

A Few Words From happy Guests

Azahara

Just a few words from a happy couple who left the Orange Grove yesterday.

 

La casa està genial,un entorno muy tranquilo y una piscina con el agua buenísima,tanto que dan ganas de pasarte el día ahí metido. La casa también muy completa,tal y como se describe. Sin duda repetiré. Azahara, from Airbnb

The house is great, a very quiet environment and a pool with very good water , so much so that it makes you want to spend the day there. The house also very complete and as described. I will definitely return.

 

Visit To Vera’s Seafood Fair

Seafood Fair In VeraWe paid a visit to Vera’s seafood fair in El Palmeral yesterday. You can choose individual dishes or go for the set platters for two people. Drinks extra of course.

We went at lunchtime and it was very quiet, probably a better atmosphere in the evening. The seafood was good and worth trying.

El Palmeral Vera

 

Our Latest Review. Guests Love Staying Here !!

Lee`s reviewA secluded private piece of paradise. If you want peace and quiet and to be surrounded by nature this is the place to come. The hosts are warm, friendly and very accommodating. The accommodation was clean and tidy and very practical. Thank you for allowing us to stay at your wonderful Finca and we hope to see you again soon !

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If I was lucky enough to own such a slice of paradise….

We had a great break away and will definitely be returning to the area and to the Finca Arboleda if they have availability when the time comes. If I was lucky enough to own such a slice of paradise, I’m not sure I could share it with others!! Regards Rodney & Carolyne, Cavan, Ireland.

Just received this fantastic review, somehow makes all the hard work seem worthwhile See review here

Orange Grove In Flower
Orange Grove In Flower