Sunday, 20 July 2014

The oregano files (1) ...

Somewhere on Skiathos island 07:30am ...

Deep in someone's olive grove, rays of sunlight are filtering through the green leaves of the trees. There hard at work below, the oregano pickers are harvesting the mornings crop before the sun gets too warm.



The white flowers give away the location of the crop, however following a scent trail, the sought after herb is easy to locate. Tough fingers break the shoots above the root - preserving the crop for next year. The roots are sacred, they must be protected ...



A goat bays nearby tethered to a tree, whilst the harvest continues. Fragrant wild mint - also in abundance nearby is saved for later.

Skiathian uses a knife, English hands are untrained for this work, however this mornings harvest is plentiful.The next stage will be the drying process ...



Photos to follow later ...

6 comments:

  1. I can smell the harvest as I'm reading. Totally intoxicating!

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    1. Imagine what it's like here, drying it is quite like aromatherapy for the senses ...

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  2. Oregano stores are low, send back up, September trip prohibitively expensive.

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    1. Oh dear, that's not good. Deluged with requests, could still be out there picking it in September, insist you collect ...

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  3. Hi Ian ,am I too late to request a supply of Oregano?
    Had a look in my cupboard and realised my supply has dwindled!!

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    1. Hi Marion. Send me an e-,ail via the contact the Skiathian link ...

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