Thursday, 20 October 2016

Fruit for thought ...

Living with two self confessed fruitarians, Its never far from my mind ...

However on my travels around the island there were two things, that strike you on the way.

The olives have been stripped from the trees, by the drought like summer period, and the winds that have affected the islands. This year is an olive year, so no liquid gold on the island this year. The word on the cobbles, is that the olive press will not be opening.

Not enough rain to save the olives this year, and to make it viable to pick them. Likewise the press will not have the funds to operate the engines, to press the remnants of the crop. So its not going to happen. It will be a good year for firewood, as the trees were being pruned earlier than usual.

The buzz of the chainsaw was all around ...

I read the Pelion press was open in late September, but if the situation is repeated across Greece - Then watch the price of your supermarket 'Italian olive oil' shoot up in price next year 'cough cough' 
Buy now or repent not doing so later - You have been warned ...

Elsewhere it was good to see the lemons and oranges were swifly ripening on the trees. However I was not quick enough spotting them, whilst aboard the 'Bakaliko express' to get my driver to stand on the brakes to liberate some fresh supplies ...

Lunch must come first, and it did, the local tsipouro served in what appears to be Camp coffee bottles, is really good stuff - not that we noticed ...

Quince were ripe, and the trees were laden down with them everywhere, they seem to get used, and the island is full of the trees. I like them cooked slowly in a pork stew in winter. Skiathian quince jelly must be a winner.

I also tried a fruit, rather like a small yellow citrus pear, it originates from Cyprus, will do some research and let you know what it is asap ...

Must say the new Chinese whenever it opens, looks like its going to be a great place, and as Kirtsy and Phil used to say, it has 'Location Location, Location' ...

Only 66 days until Christmas ...

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5 comments:

  1. Very sad about the olives. We noticed, just a few weeks ago, that the trees in the gardens by us had very few olives on. I thought it must be a non-olive year. Must say that I'm ignorant re olive farming - will the next harvest be in 2 years now?
    So pleased that you managed your rejuvenating break. Ours did us both the world of good ... coming back was the problem :-(

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    1. Hi Kate, Sadly it is/was an olive year. Very important to the island economy. Not least to me - I love the product Olives, and the oil produced from them.
      Always amazed by folks who don't like Olives or Fish and live on the island. Cold winter no boat and guess what it is you have to eat :)

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  2. Such a shame .... and things are difficult enough for the islanders without this. Most of them seem to have at least two jobs. Regarding food - I would be ok during the winter if I could avoid shellfish (allergy) but I do love fish.

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    1. A lot of that oil, feeds us in the tavernas. Bad news about a shellfish allergy. The island trawlers land tons of prawns, and crustaceans throughout the winter months ...

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  3. :-( and it all looks so delicious!

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