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 Post subject: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:07 pm 
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Looks like I'm going to get a great crop of olives this year from my tree but I've noticed that almost all of the fruit is a bit lumpy, does anyone have any idea what this might be?

Bit dark to get a pic now, will try tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:40 pm 
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lumps or spots?


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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:41 pm 
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Na, lumps... I'll post a pic when I get home in the daylight..

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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:11 am 
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Could be insect bites. Think some of mine have a rough surface.

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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:54 pm 
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Not really easy to see but you can notice them a bit, seems like most of the fruit are lumpy some more than others... I wonder whether perhaps its poor watering, I guess I came to this conclussion because they also seem to be a little soft, and on some fruit you can see small lump almost on ever spot over the skin surface.... :dunno:

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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:13 am 
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what do you do with olives? all we have are the ones in jars an we put them in martinis. i seen some trees on line and thought about getting a couple.


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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:50 am 
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Preserve them in jars for a snack or crush to extract the oil for cooking

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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:01 am 
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All I could find was this:
http://www.bugsforbugs.com.au/product/a ... al-control
look at the second picture of red scale on olive. I know it doesn't look like you have scale, but the olive in the picture is lumpy. To me it looks like they have been stung early in their growth. Do you have fruit fly under control?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:15 am 
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what about the black olives? are they black or treated to turn black? i don't recon i ever seen a olive tree in the southern usa. i need to see if they could grow here.


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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:14 pm 
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These turn black when they ripen on the tree. I would think southern USA would be ideal for olives, you should definitely have some, a mix of eating olives and oil olives so that you can do both. Olives and olive oil are a great thing to sell at markets because they command top $ and they aren't very perishable.

Do I have fruit fly under control? Depends on what you mean under control.. :lol: I have them, and loads of them, lose most fruit crops to them but have never seen them in the olives, yet..

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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:40 am 
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If you have loads of them I would say that is what it is. I had similar looking olives at my last place and they turned out ok. I have a batch sitting in a salt brine solution that I haven't done anything with for almost 2 years now - so you would think that they are rotten however tried them late last year and they are good! A little salty but good.


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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:43 am 
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BigW California has heaps of olives.

I have heard that most black olives that we buy in the shops are died black. There are 2 ways to treat olives before they can be eaten - with salt (slow and laborious{months}) and the other with caustic soda{hours}. However when I treated a batch of black olives with draino they turned white and their shelf life was quite short.


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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
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i looked online and i am i zone 7, so cold hearty or most being sold on ebay were good. what varites are good? say for fresh or canned? what about the oil, is the entire olive crushed or just the pits?.
gonna have to figure out what ya'll use as an oil press. that sounds costly


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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:10 am 
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I believe you crush the whole fruit, an old paper press would work I guess, never done it myself but I think you soak the pulp in a large tub of water and all the oil floats to the surface, then you just have to figue out how to skim the oil off the top. might do an on-line search :learn:

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 Post subject: Re: lumpy olives
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:16 am 
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Try this page big worm http://www.justfruitsandexotics.com/JF%20Olives.pdf

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