Here at Pasolivo, harvest is one of the most exciting times of the year! This process only happens once a year and lasts anywhere from 2-3 weeks. If you have ever wondered how olives get turned into olive oil, we have all of the equipment and tools needed for this process at the Pasolivo Ranch. All of our olives are grown, picked, and milled on-site and we do not use any chemicals or heat which is required of true extra virgin olive oil.
The first step in this process is picking the olives. Here at Pasolivo, we have over 6,500 olive trees on our property and 11 different olive varieties. Every day we have a minimum of 80 people hand-picking. Olives are moved by tractor to the mill where they are unloaded into the hopper.
The olives are lined up and ready to be milled
Bins of olives are transferred from the olive trees to the mill
The hopper is a machine that helps to separate the leaves from the olives. This is the cleaning process where stems, leaves, twigs, and debri are removed. The olives go through the hopper and then are then washed with water to remove dirt and pesticides.
A tractor moves a bin of olives to the hopper
The olives are dumped into the hopper which will help rid the olives of debri, stems, and dirt
The olives are cleaned and washed of stems and debri
The olives are then given a “bath” before turning into paste
The final cleanse before the olives get turned into oil
The olives are ground into an oatmeal-like paste. This process was created to release the oil from the olives. The oil is first cold pressed so there is no heat that is added during this process and the olives are crushed to extract the olive oil. The oil rests in large stainless steel tanks until it is ready to be bottled and enjoyed by you.
The oil rests in the stainless steel tanks until bottling
At Pasolivo, our business is creating award-winning olive oils, but our passion is in hand-crafting the healthiest, most delicious olive oils possible. One taste of our oils and you will experience for yourself the hallmark grassiness and pungency of beneficial polyphenols that are present in a true premium olive oil. Try our oils and discover the superior taste and incredible health benefits of our premium and authentic extra virgin olive oils.
Our wonderful olive oils in our new glass bottles that were designed with beauty in mind