Picking olives is a craft that has hardly changed over the centuries.
The oil is extracted from the olives after ripening between six and eight months, generally in late fall as this is the time when they contain more oil. Picking olives is a craft that has hardly changed over the centuries. They can be hand picked (milking) or through a process called vareo, beating the trees with long and flexible sticks so that the fruit falls on canvases placed at the tree’s base. There are also two mechanical systems using either an over-the-row harvester or a trunk shaker. Each method demands different planting and pruning, so the system to be used should be decided from the start, as well as the planting structure it will require.