A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Olive picking tutorial


…and now, by popular demand, a complete tutorial of how to pick olives, Casa Tyr style!

We have been told that it’s very unusual for women to help in the campo, so it initially caused a stir when I helped pick our olives. And OK, maybe it’s a bit unusual to also have two boxer dogs who also are keen to help. That’s what makes the whole process so….unique, shall we say!

The first part of the picking is over. We had hoped to pick all our olives before Christmas, but weather, as usual, upset all our good plans. So we picked enough for a very large cold press – almost a (US) ton of olives! After the New Year, we go after the remaining olives, if the wind leaves us enough!


Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

2 thoughts on “Olive picking tutorial

  1. We have just watched your olive picking blog – more to see the “gorgeous boys” than the olives! There was a little concern at the end when they were on the sofa – do we need to get one for their next visit or will you bring their own? Just to make them feel at home of course.
    Pam & Viv, Residents and Guests at Petcare.


    • Guys, I’m sure that sticking a nice leather couch in their kennel would be much appreciated by them! However, you’d also have to cuddle them on it. And then there’s the small matter of a nice fire, too!