After a disappointing previous year, we had a tremendous harvest this year. The trees were dripping with fruit and the fruit set was so heavy we had a hard time giving the trees enough water to keep the fruit at ideal moisture content for milling. Dry fruit can mean a bitter oil, but we managed to get a great deal of fruit quality to balance a very pungent oil.
This is one of our favorite years for oil quality. We taste lots of bright, fresh cut grass and tomato leaf, with banana and citrus fruit qualities balancing it out.
Although this was our largest harvest ever, we were rained out of the field before we were able to pick it all and by the time the field dried up enough to pick again, our fruit was extra ripe and heavy with water - which would have yielded good but less delicious oil so we left it on the trees.