Harvesting time

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Charithea

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Harvesting time
« on: June 22, 2016, 04:15:38 PM »
Gardening in June in our hot garden is hard work but there are rewards such as fruit and seed collecting.
« Last Edit: June 23, 2016, 04:38:17 AM by Charithea »
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

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Charithea

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Re: Harvesting time
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2016, 02:46:01 PM »
Last crop of the year. Our enormous avocado tree has produced some fruit of which two of them matured. though different in size, both were very tasty. The other crop of course were our olives. When I was a school girl I used to complain incessantly about having to pick up olives every afternoon. It used to take us two weeks to collect them and then wait at the mill sometimes after midnight for our 'turn'.  ONE year I loudly begged God not to allow the trees to produce many olives.  My very religious mother was upset. Years later with the damming of the Kouris river the enormous trees slowly became smaller as the branches broke in winter storms leaving us with smaller and less productive trees. This year I came to regret my childish wish because for the first time in my memory I did not stay at the mill to get any fresh oil.  I had to trade my hand picked olives for 2 and half litres of old oil.   
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

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Charithea

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Re: Harvesting time
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2017, 01:59:06 PM »
I am posting a few photos of our 'crops' . The boxes of olives ready for the mill and the subsequent oil from them. Not a lot but the oil is 'tasty' according to friends who tried it on toasted bread.  The olives were ripe and hence the good quality of oil.  The other photo is my pomegranate jelly.  I followed Jorun's recipe.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2017, 03:44:57 PM by Charithea »
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

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Re: Harvesting time
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2017, 12:05:30 PM »
I hope your  pomegranate jelly turned out all right, Charithea. I didn't have time to make any jelly myself in Greece this autumn, but at least we finished the olive harvest before going back to Norway. The result was very good, but does not look as nice as your photo. We sent 80 kg as  parcel post to Norway, all of it arrived safely, ELTA did a good job! Our olives were harvested earlier, so the taste is still quite 'green' and spicy, but it will soon mellow; the quality is very good. 

This is a little less than half of our harvest

_A139849.jpg Olive harvest time
by Jorun Tharaldsen, on Flickr

It is always exciting to see your own oil

_A149892.jpg Green oil
by Jorun Tharaldsen, on Flickr


_A149894.jpg Net result
by Jorun Tharaldsen, on Flickr

« Last Edit: November 12, 2017, 10:29:53 PM by JTh »
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2017, 12:08:46 PM »
The blackbirds are busy 'harvesting ' the fruit from my Diospyros ( Persimmon). I was pleased to inherit this tree when we moved having longed admired the sight of the them in winter but refraining from planting one as my husband did not share my appreciation.
The sight of the fruits hanging on bare branches always reminds me of the closing lines of a poem by my favourite poet, R. S. Thomas - "In a Country Church"
" ...........and a winter tree
Golden with the fruit of a man's body"
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2017, 12:11:24 PM »
Meant to include a 'photo but forgot and so will try now although I am having trouble reducing them as my Photogene App seems to have changed.......
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2017, 12:14:18 PM »
A surprise success.......although the tree will look better when the surrounding planting dies down.
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