It’s olive season here in NZ and trees are laden with olives! Since becoming a zero waster it’s hard to walk away from anything that may go to waste. There are many olive trees near where I live, I also have one in my garden. Here are three olivey things I’m doing right now.
I followed the method found on this blog and have had good results :
- You will have to soak them for up to three weeks and change the water each day. When you drain off the water use it to water your pot plants.
- Smaller olives are mainly all pip so find an olive tree that has big fat olives.
- Preserving olives requires you to slit or prick each one, so getting the bigger olives is a lot easier to do this.
Olive Leaf Tea
Really simple! Pick some leaves, leave to dry out of the sunlight, this could take a couple of weeks. You then put into a processor or a bullet thingee to blend to a tea like consistency.
Composting the leaves
The leaves from olive trees can make a bit of a mess on the ground but are great to use for the brown layer for your compost.
I was invited recently to join a group of people who were given permission to pick olives from an olive orchard and then use their olive press to make oil. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it but it’s good to know that these opportunities exist.
Happy olive season!