Glossary of Bulk Oil Terms

Mechanically Picked

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Dec 16, 2012 10:00:00 PM

An efficient harvesting method that utilizes a machine to pick the olives.  In this method, a large tractor-like harvester shakes the branches of the trees and collects the olives below.  Because this method allows for increased efficiency, the olives are processed into oil more quickly, which produces a lower acidity oil.  However, some say that this method can also cause accidental bruising of the olives. 

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