The nets hung under the trees keep the olives ventilated and stop them from fermenting. The olives are collected between the 20th October and the 15th January at the Partegal mill without forgetting we also harvest once a week, which is a Corsican method.
Our ancestors used wooden ladders and hung wicker baskets around their necks, leaving their hands free. Jute cloths with bamboo poles were used instead of nets.
Today we still use these methods: It takes 2 hours of work to collect 12 kilos of olives manually.
Please note: The harvest accounts for 50% of the price of the mill’s oil.
Once the nets are on the ground, the olives need to be taken to the mill as soon as possible, after the leaves and stones have been removed which is a long, tedious job.
The olive tree, because of its ability to adapt to all types of climate, is known as the ‘tree of wisdom’. It is a symbol of peace, known for its purity and its elegance.
The olive tree can live for over 1000 years, as long as the temperature doesn’t drop below -10°C and the altitude isn’t over 400 metres
The rakes for collecting olives, as well as the compressor allow us to harvest quickly and ecologically, but it is a costly process. 2 people can harvest 500 kilos in one day.
A mill owner must have a large olive grove to make this and other equipment cost-effective.
The olive tree (from the tree family of Oleaceae) is grown from seed, from cuttings, or herbaceous cuttings, and will produce olives if grafted.
A bonzai tree can also produce olives despite its restricted roots and branches.