Harvest Methods

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.

HOW TO HARVEST OLIVES

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE HARVEST TIME