What are Early Harvest Olive Oils?
The date on which Early Harvest EVOOs are produced can vary due to different factors such as: weather conditions, the location of each olive grove or the variety of olives used. In general terms, the harvest of olives destined for Early Harvest Olive Oil is usually carried out in the period from the beginning of October to mid-November, when the olives are still green. It should be noted that in mountain areas and in high altitude olive groves, such as ours, the olives take longer to reach their point of maturity due to lower temperatures.
The yield of Early Harvest olive oils is lower than that of traditional Extra Virgin Olive Oils, since the juice that can be extracted from green fruits is much less than the juice obtained from ripe fruits. The average yield of an Extra Virgin Olive Oil is usually around 20% and 25%. In comparison, the yield of Early Harvest Oils ranges between 12% and 16%.
Early Harvest Olive Oil properties