THE 4 STAGES OF THE OLIVE CYCLE
You probably already know the process that our olives follow since they are harvested from the tree until they arrive at your table. But the olives follow some previous stages, which are repeated every year, since they sprout in the olive tree until they are ready to be picked. This is what we call "the life cycle of the olive tree".
1. In March, sprouting
After the winter months, the buds of the olive tree, which were totally closed, begin to grow and form flower clusters. Thus, around March and early April, the buds of the olive tree become sprouts.
2. May, the month of flowers
In April, the floral clusters are already fully formed. Upon discovering the chalice, the olive flower begins to open. A flower that, by the way, is really pretty.
The degree of flowering of the olive tree can vary from year to year. Soil moisture or temperatures are some of the factors that influence how much flowering there will be each year.
3. Olives begin to set
The flowering culminates with the falling of the petals, giving way to the olive. This process is known as fruit-set.
4. Harvest time.
Between the months of September and October, the different varieties of table olives are ready to be picked. The harvest is carried out when the olives have reached their maximum size but are still green, before they begin to ripen. Of our different varieties, Gordal olives are harvested at the beginning of September. Manzanilla olives are usually harvested at the end of September and the Hojiblanca olive harvest begins in mid-October.
Once the olives are carefully picked and taken to our cooperatives, another meticulous process begins, where quality prevails in all the phases: the elaboration of our products.