Updates from the hills of Tuscany, a restored farmhouse in Chianti, midway between Florence and Siena. We write about local history and culture, life in Tuscany, the seasonal changes, pleasures of the garden and country kitchen, local stories and encounters with wildlife.
Fruit of the Month: the Olive or The Olive Harvest 2013
Recently (January 2014) a horrifying animated chart
appeared in the New York Times exposing (not for the first time) olive
oil fraud. This should make us appreciate the small producers more and
understand that their prices are high for a good reason. And here is an excellent blog by Tom Mueller which covers the subject of olive oil and oil fraud very well.
I was unable to participate in the olive harvest this year as planned, but a friend who took part for the first time has provided some photos and a couple of excellent short films to give an idea of how things are done nowadays in Chianti.
This year rain was a problem: it held up the harvest from one day to the next. But in the end everyone managed to make their oil.