From how to make olive oil to what exactly “extra virgin” means, Paul and Steven talk about all things extra virgin olive oil, a subject obviously close to their hearts.

You’ll discover:

  • How old olive trees are
  • When olives are harvested and how
  • Why Puglia extra virgin olive oil, NOT Tuscan extra virgin olive oil, is the best
  • What exactly “extra virgin” means
  • Why pungent and bitter extra virgin olive oil is a good thing
  • Why extra virgin olive oil is a fruit oil, not a vegetable oil
  • Why the old farmers used to pick olives barefoot
  • How the olives are milled
  • Why yield is important when harvesting olive and making extra virgin olive oil
  • Why we stay at the mill during the entire process
  • How many olive trees there are in Puglia — it’s probably a lot more than you think

Links and Resources

Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil
GREAT book all about extra virgin olive oil and all the corruption in the system.  We highly recommend it.

Olive Oil Times.   A great resource for all things olive oil.

Pictures from some of our harvests

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Using a mechanical shaker to pick the olives.
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Paul harvesting olives with a stick.
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Dragging the net to the next tree.
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Gathering olives into a pile to put in the bucket.
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Carrying bucket of olives to the truck.
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Steven pouring the olives into the truck.
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Cappelli family picking olives.


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The olives going up a conveyor belt to the stone mill.
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Paul sorting the leaves from the olives before milling.
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A stone mill crushing the olives.
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The final product: the best extra virgin olive oil!


Do you want to know more about how to make olive oil?  Or have other questions?  Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. I notice you have organic offered also. Is the oil the same extra vergin as in the big can. What is the main difference? Less spray or different fertilizers or what?
    Also what is the can made of that the one kind comes in?
    Thanks for info.

    • Hi Marcy,

      The organic is oil pressed from the same variety of olives, but any sprays or fertilizers used are all organic. The tin is made of a recyclable food-grade metal. I hope this helps. If you have any more questions, it might faster to email me at [email protected]