How is olive oil made?
Let’s find out!
The areas where olive oil was most produced were those of Magna Graecia, here the oil was used not only in the kitchen, but also for the bathroom, for play and during funerals. This is why the oil producers were well repaid for the hard work necessary for the cultivation of olive trees. Legend even has it that the first olive tree was planted by Athena. The olive tree was considered a sacred tree, a symbol of peace and strength.
But how is olive oil made? How do you go from olive to oil? Grifo explains it to you!
Once harvested, usually in the period between early October and mid-November, the olives arrive at the mill. Here they are cleaned of impurities, washed with cold water and passed on the grids that shake them.
At this point the oil extraction process can start which is divided into 3 main phases: pressing, kneading and actual extraction.
- Pressing is the process where the pulp and pits of the olives are broken, until a grainy olive paste is obtained.
- With the kneading, the olive paste, coming from the pressing, is stirred in a prolonged way.
- Once the kneading is complete, the three components of the olive paste are separated: the pomace, the vegetation water and the actual oil… With the pressing.
For an excellent oil, you need excellent machinery… Grifo knows it!
We have oil filtering machines, suitable for filtering olive oil in the best possible way, because they are practical and simple in their operation.