While staying with George and Teresa in Lebanon I got to take part in an annual event for them, a very important day: taking the garden’s olives and pressing them into oil.
Nothing is wasted in the process. The seeds are ground and sold to be used as an accelerant when starting barbecues or fires. Oil that isn’t pure enough is turned into soap. Who knew that learning how to make olive oil would be so fun?
Here we go:
I wasn’t there for the collection part of this task, but olives are collected in huge sacks.
Pack the sacks in the car.
Dump them into the filtering machine. It removes leaves and stems.
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Olives are then cleaned.
Next they are ground.
Seeds are ground and spit out.
The olive sludge is pressed into oil.
The oil is collected.
And 280kg/616lbs of olives gets turned into 50L/13gallons of olive oil.