We go over to their place every so often to check out that everything is secure, and on one of those visits I noticed that they had olives on their trees. I was amazed - I thought the trees were still too small - but, there again, I guess they were planted by the previous owner about 3 - 4 years ago.
|This is a pic of some of the roughly|
60 olives trees on WGuy and DD's
|Green, speckled and purple olives on the same tree|
|RMan - before he got impatient... LOL|
|3kgs was all that would fit in my bowl for this|
The preparation method I used is as follows:
The olives were rinsed.
|The olives after being sorted into their different colours|
To remove the initial bitterness which is inherent to freshly picked olives, the flesh of the purple olives were slashed - I left the green ones whole. They were then placed in containers and covered with plain water - using a upturned plate, plastic bag filled with water, or whatever, to ensure that all the olives are underwater. This water is changed daily for 14 days. Rinse the olives again.
Then make a brine solution - basically you add salt to water until an egg floats.
|The mixture of salt and water should be strong|
enough to float an egg
|The olives in their jars, totally covered with the|
|The jars were filled to the brim with brine - can|
you see the last tiny air bubble at 12 o'clock just
at the end of the one cut in the olive?
|They will now sit in the brine solution for 6 - 9 weeks|
Being adventurous, I am going to leave 2 jars plain. Another jar or two will get some rosemary sprigs added, another garlic, and another some chillies. [I have just been given two pepperdews by one of our neighbours. They are a mild sweet pepper which scores 1177 on the Scoville scale - it's just enough to leave a burning sensation on your lips if you decide to taste it raw like I did LOL, but definitely mild enough to add to food - even raw. I added them to a corn and red capsicum relish that I made, and I reserved the seeds. I'll plant those next spring and add them to next years' olives :) ]
|Pepperdews information one them can be found|
here and here
The olives will be allowed to stand in the vinegar solution for another 4 - 6 weeks before we taste them.
I'll let you know what they taste like after roughly 12 - 15 weeks from commencing with this - which will be between the 6th - 27th July :)