Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Olives Are Getting Ripe at Niner Estates

Many wineries these days are growing not only grapes but olives. Niner Estates also has olive groves, but only a few trees in their Heart Hill location on Highway 46 West. Olives ripen late in the year. The tree in the photo is one near the tasting room.


Olive Tree at Niner's Heart Hill Location, August 8, 2015, © B. Radisavljevic


It has olives that appear to be almost ripe. I don't know whether these olives will be harvested and pressed or not, since it appears Niner has already processed this year's olives from its other locations. Perhaps these trees are for ornamental purposes only this year.

This is how the olives looked on November 19.

Olives at Niner's Heart Hill Location, Nov. 19, 2015, © B. Radisavljevic
Olives at Niner's Heart Hill Location, Nov. 19, 2015, 
This is how the olives look on August 8, 2015.

Olives at Niner's Heart Hill Location, August 8, 2015, © B. Radisavljevic
Olives at Niner's Heart Hill Location, August 8, 2015

Unlike many other pit fruits, if you pick an olive off the tree to eat, you will be sorry. They are only edible after they have been processed.