A long day always starts with a hearty vegan breakfast of fresh bread, hummus, cucumber salad, fresh olive oil and zaatar
Picking the Olives
In Asira, olives are harvested by knocking them out of the tree with a stick then picking them up from a tarp beneath the tree. Other villages hand pick the olives, but I have to admit the Asira method is pretty fun.
Taking time out between trees.
Some help from friends
Charlie (far left) and Theo (2nd from right) came to help out. They came from the UK to volunteer to build a skateboard park in Asira. Their grand opening was yesterday and it looks pretty cool.
Sharing some tea
Maad sharing tea with Osama and his dad
Enjoying the day
Sure beats sitting behind a desk for a living
Chatting with the Neighbors
Our neighbors were also out picking olives today
Enjoying the entertainment
I'm not sure we were doing it right, but the kids next door seem to enjoy watching us try
Enjoying a lunch break with Abu Ayman, Nidal, Maad, Charlie and Theo
Great food and company
Great food and conversation over lunch. The neighbors cooked vegan stuffed eggplant and squash especially for us.
Break time again
Yes, time for another break.
Olives Piling Up
Our stash of olives piling up
Olive Pile the Size of a Car
By the end, our pile of olives is about the size of the car.
At the Olive Press
Opening up our stash of olives at the presser. We had about 12 large potato sacks of olives.
Our olive harvest at the presser about to be turned into oil
Into the Grinder
Our olives being dumped into a big grinder
Olives being Washed
First step is to wash the olives in bubbling water
Hand-Picking the Leaves
Maad hand-picking any leaves and stems that remained after washing
Filtering the Olives
After being cleaned, the olives pass through a filter
Pure, Fresh Oil
Pure, fresh oil pouring out of the press
Skimming the Impurities
Maad skimming off the impurities that floated to the top...want to make sure the olive oil is as pure as possible
Filling containers with pressed oil
This Year's Share
Daily Hugz' take of the harvest (4 16-liter containters). The workers took the other half.
Doesn't Get Any Better
Doesn't get any better than this...pure, clean fresh oil