Ely had an appointment at Frantoio Rossi at 7AM. She was second in line and good thing as it got crowded fast!!
The two vans were loaded full. They had 40 more cassetti of olives to process.
That’s a LOT of olives!
The hopper was full to the brim.
There is a turn screw at the bottom which feeds the olives out.
And they go up the ladder where a mighty wind blows off the leaves and twigs.
Next step the wash.
Calagrana had 880 kilograms of olives on this trip.
The olives go into these tanks where a really big screw type dasher swirls them round and round.
Watching the process.
Now we wait. It takes about 45 minutes to process the olives.
While we waited I took a few pictures of the process. This is the big dumpster where the sludge is collected. I was told it is made into animal food. The black heap is the sludge which falls from those three holes up by the ceiling.
The leaves are another left over thing. You think they don’t weigh much but they do add up!
This is the semi-chaotic scene about 40 minutes after we arrived.
Inside this is the master console and the big blue cylinder is one of the separators. It separates the water, sludge and oil.
This man is separating and weighing the oil into the tins.
Tins awaiting filling.
Finally our waiting has produced the results of a lot of labor. We helped just two days. Ely and Albie all by themselves worked the grove for four more full days. Ending up with 40 more cassetti coming in at 880 kilograms and 121 liters of oil!
Here it is!
All the work was worth it.
Calagrana will sell the oil under the lable of the Palazzo Bastia Creti, the estate where the olive grove is up above Calagrana. This is the new oil!
I will post again once I get some of this oil and taste it. Such a fun experience.