2020 was another rough year on the Grove. Following a heavy crop and hard pruning, we were expecting a down year, but heavy winds during a light bloom took our crop from light to paltry. There was fruit in the orchard but it was sparse and picking (by hand) was bound to prove futile.
Our saving grace was a call from the organic orchard in the North Bay our trees came from - with the uncertainty from Covid, they were going to have some extra fruit and did we want some? From the grove that sired our trees we were able to bring in and mill about 10 tons of fruit - predominantly Frantoio with about 10% each of the same varieties we have planted for polination (Lecchino and Pendolino.)
The oil is delicious, quite bright and peppery with aromas of green banana and Makrut lime.