BRUCATURA – hand harvesting or picking is still considered the best method of harvesting olives. Despite being costly, it protects the integrity of the olive tree and yields a high quality olive oil.
BACCHIATURA – beating the tree branches with poles or canes to catch olives on sheets as they fall. This method can be harmful to the longevity of the olive trees.
PETTINATURA – the process of running wooden rakes along the branches to gather the olives.
SCUOTITURA – the most common method that involves shaking the trees with machines and then gathering the olives on sheets laid out under the trees.
CADUTA SPONTANEA – the least ideal method lets ripe olives naturally fall to the ground, resulting in oil that has organoleptic defects and an undesirable taste or aroma.