Early in the spring, our trees begin to wake up and produce new leaves and buds. The flowers usually mature in April, creating a wonderful yellow bloom across the orchard. Olives are pollinated by the wind but bees often visit our trees as well!
Throughout the warmth of late spring and heat summer, the young green fruit grows in size. As fall arrives some the olive skin gradually begins changing colors; from bright green to a reddish blush to deep purple and eventually black.
Each olive matures at a different rate and thus harvest date can alter the characteristics of the oil. Veraison refers to the ideal maturity at which the olives will yield the best oil. It is a reddish/purple fruit. Since the olives on each tree mature at different times, we harvest when the orchard averages being at veraison.