Olive harvest early despite lower temperatures
Despite lower temperatures this year, Lodi area olive growers
will be able to harvest their earlier than usual. California is the
only state in the U.S. where olives are grown commercially.
- Four facts about olives
- Olive trees may live to be 1,500 years old; the average life
span is about 500 years.
- California is the only state where olives are grown
- There are 500 million olive trees in Europe, and 50 million in
California. California produces less than 5 percent of the world
crop, but it produces more than 70 percent of the ripe olives
consumed in the U.S.
- Olives are not edible, green or ripe, and must be treated with
lye and/or cured in brine or dry salt before being edible. They
contain about 20 percent oil.
Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 4:27 pm, Sat Aug 27, 2011.
Olive growers in Lodi get to start harvesting earlier than usual
this year, despite unusual rains and cooler temperatures.
Beginning in mid-October, local olive growers will be able to
begin harvesting their crop of olives, a process that usually
begins in early November, according to Brady Whitlow, president of
Corto Olive in Lodi.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 4:27 pm.