Ecología y día a día del olivar
The olives harvest starts Hello everyone: The harvest has started. This first image is from the still empty trailer. After a long day, we leave the most representative images from the harvest. In this case, we use a vibrating machine connected to the tractor that grab a branch and facilitates the olive olive falling and damages less the new branches (which will bear fruit next year) comparing to the traditional "vareo" (use of a long stick to harvest olives): Knocking down the olives The olive is discharged into a trailer that will take the olives to the mill to make our olive oil: Olives unload in the trailer To conclude we leave you with one of the huge and ancient olive trees in the area: We finished the harvest day with this olive tree. A hundred-year-old tree that gives us this good olive oil!
The olive tree's flower So were the olive trees in May 2012 ... With the flowers ready to open.
Cornicabra in olive oil Los Aires Our olives belong to the Cornicabra variety, which has a distinctive shape that comes to a point resembling an insect’s sting. Cornicabra olives show a "Sting" as main characteristic The Cornicabra tree is steeped in history. Over the course of many generations, it has been carefully selected not only for its favourable taste and the quality of the oil it produces, but also for its unrivalled ability to adapt to Spain’s ever-changing growing conditions. The Cornicabra tree is found only in Spain, specifically in Toledo and Ciudad Real where droughts in summer and frosts in winter come very frequently. Its supreme durability throughout these extreme seasons means that the Cornicabra tree is one of the most broadly distributed varieties in the region – and is the one we use to produce our oil. Each olive variety imparts specific characteristics to its oil. The Cornicabra fruit produces oil that is relatively dark yellow in colour. The taste is soft and fruity, with notes of bitterness and spice. Contrary to what some may believe, the colour of the oil is no indication of its quality – the real telling is in the taste and odour.
How are the Proyecto Los Aires' olive trees Our olive trees originate from Arcicollar, Toledo, in central Spain. Proyecto Los Aires 's olives are produced in small olive fields of varying ages depending on which generation of our family planted the trees, and when they chose to plant them. Some of the trees are over 100 years old, and some are very young. All of them, however, are Cornicabra – the native variety of the region. The trees are planted in non-irrigated fields, maintained according to traditional agricultural techniques. Following a traditional layout, the olive groves show a rectangular planting pattern of 7 x 10 m and 10 x 10 m.