I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Stopping at Mama's
Mama's Olive Farm
region of Italy is known for olives, and coming in on the train, you can see
the distinctive grey/green of the olive trees everywhere. Some of these olive
trees are hundreds of years old, and a tree that produces good olives is a
valuable investment. They prune and trim these trees every year to get the best
harvest, and in the fields you see everything from little thin new trees to
ancient, knarled twisted veterans of many harvests. We were told that trees
have been stolen, dug up and planted in someone else's farm, so valuable trees
often have GPS transponders hidden in them so thefts can be tracked.
a tour of the Region, the friends who were visiting us asked the guide about
how to prepare olives to eat. She has an olive tree in her yard and tried
unsuccessfully to make the fruit edible. He tried to explain, but with the
English/Italian, and his actual lack of first hand knowledge, he took out his
cell phone and called his Mama for advice. As a result we ended up being invited
to her house which was on the way, for advice from an expert.
was obvious she was an expert, as we drove down a long narrow driveway lined
with fields of freshly pruned olive trees leading to a big old white Italian
farm house. Mama lives here with her 90 year old parents, and her two boys, one
who was our guide and the other who was carrying on the family olive growing
Posing with the Family
were served two large plates of mama-made olives, red and green,and as the
cheese man arrived we also got to sample some local cheese. Then via
translation we were given a detailed explanation of the art of olive
need to soak them in what kind of soda?
need to be soaked for how many days, and the water has to be changed how many
times a day?
leaves, where do I get Laurel leaves?
think our friend has decided that her olive tree will remain largely