Wednesday, 16 October 2013
As can be seen in the picture, the crop is well on its way to maturity.
Decisions have yet to be made on what the crop will be used for. There would be a ready market for 'Kilchoan Extra Virgin Olive Oil' in small, fancy bottles sold a a premium at The Ferry Stores, but it's more likely that they'll go to some sort of connoisseur cocktail olives, perhaps stuffed with Ormsaigbeg bacon.
At present the trees are grown hydroponically in small tubs, but the plan is to cover whole hillsides with olive groves.
That olives grow so well here shouldn't be a surprise. After all, an Australian eucalyptus thrives in a neighbouring property, and there's a palm tree at Sanna.
Many thanks to Penny for the pictures.