Raking the tree to pick the olives

Raking the tree to pick the olives

Olive picking starts early in Portugal, as the season begins in November. We have now picked olives in France, Portugal and Spain. Each experience has been very different. In France olives are raked with small hand combs into the nets below.  In Southern Spain olives aren’t picked until after Christmas, and generally involve tree shakers and electric rakes on a on a grand scale, or trees are raked, shaken and picked by hand for personal use. Olive oil in Spain is big business and very lucrative. In the Granada region of Andalucia there are miles upon miles of olive grove, brand new tractors and machinery and lots of itinerant workers paid to pick the olives.

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Paul & Andrea ex-pats escaping the rat race with Chaos (aged 4) and Mayhem (aged 2) along for the adventure.

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