Our olive oil tour Sicily is the funniest way to immerse in the activity of the olive harvest in the beautiful countryside of Sicily. Surrounded by nature, a local farmer will welcome you in his lovely garden where he will show to you his century-old olive trees and will talk to you about the kind of olives you are going to collect. The olive oil tour will make you experience the entire process from the harvest to the tasting of the new olive oil, enjoying the amazing landscape that surrounds you. At the end of this olive oil experience, you can add to your “life book” this Sicilian cultural tradition, understanding the hard job that there is behind a simple olive oil bottle and how important is to take care of our mother nature.
Hey there! We are Chiara, Katia, Mariarita and Sara. This olive oil tour is perfect if you want to experience one of the funniest moments for families living in the countryside: the time of olive harvest!
The local farmer countryside, set in the eastern side of Sicily, along the Ionian coast, is where we are going to discover his Sicilian olives. In this area of the island, you can find the Nocellara Etnea olive typology. Its flavor is medium intense with a spice note where you can also taste the artichokes and almond flavors. The period of the olive harvest is a fixed appointment, not only for the farmers who own a factory, but also for normal people who own a countryside where they have some olive trees. This practice doesn’t happen just in autumn time, but it starts few months before because the olive trees require a good pruning, and they need valuable compost. This is important if they want a prosperous olive harvest.
This homemade experience, at first, concerns the olive harvest by hand, picking the olives directly from the plant or using a special tool to shake the branches. Then, the olives are cleaned by removing leaves and dust, and put into the mill to be squeezed. At the end, the olives are taken to in a selected biological mill and pressed within 10 hours from the moment they are harvested. They are cold pressed to preserve the aromas and the protective substances contained in the fruits. The oil will be ready in few hours, meanwhile you can taste traditional Sicilian recipes with olives: hot bread with oil and spices alivi scacciati (mashed olives).
Nature: discover the countryside along the Ionian coast, where you can admire the typical Sicilian vegetation in the eastern side of the island. Here the local kind of olives is the Nocellara Etnea tipology because of the closeness to the Etna volcano.
Local traditions: every autumn the families are reunited to spend their time doing this ancient family tradition and saving the oil for the entire year. It is also a moment when they can live their free time staying closer and away from their routine life.
Our olive oil tour Sicily will start with a visit at a local garden where the family’s farm, for several generations, used to produce extra virgin olive oil from centuries-old olive trees. You will learn the different types of Sicilian olives that you can find in this area of the island.
After an introduction you are going to experience the ancient olive harvest tradition, picking them directly from the tree or using specific instruments for this kind of harvest. Olives also need to be cleaned from the leaves before being pressed, to have the best from the product.
After a busy morning at work, you may be hungry! On lunch break, you will enjoy a light lunch with a panini filled with typical ingredients, such as the Sicilian olives, and a good glass of wine.
At the end of the day, the olive oil tour will finish with a visit to the local biological olive mill where you will be hit by the strong olive perfume. Here you are going to see all the processes of pressing the olives and in the end you will get your fresh green gold: the extra-virgin olive oil.
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The olive harvest can be tough and for this reason we do not recommend the olive oil tour for people with reduced mobility.
Don’t forget to wear your most comfortable shoes and clothes.
Our Sicily experiences will be only assured for the accommodation located in North Eastern Sicily.