We have been listening for a while now, how catastrophic year 2014 was for just about every type of crop, the olive tree is no exception. Pointing fingers at the poor year 2014 as if it is the only one to blame for all the bad things. I have decided to defend it, since i believe it is after all not the only oneto blame. The fact is, it was a rainy year, it has not given us many sunny and warm days, but from the other side every year has it`s whims.
The year 2014 is responsible for milder olive oil (which are often prefered by customers). That mens that there are a bit less polyphenols – more water means less polyphenols, the favour is less piquant and the scent is milder compared to dry years. This is the only thing that year 2014 has done to olive oil.
All the other faults are the producers fault, because we were not prepared for such weather. We are always counting on the olive tree to resist everything without any help, all we do is cut it and harvest it, for all other things it is left to defend itself. And that is not a right way to treat an olive tree. Extraistrian had the largest harvest yet simply because we have been keeping an eye on our olive grove, we gave it some much needed atention and love.
We also used the knowledge we gained in 2010 (which was also extremely rainy). The combinaton of love and care with the knowledge from 2010 has proven to be a winning combination which i recommend to all the producers of olive oil.