SKopelos

Biannual forage

By Sofia, Oct 16 2019 07:18PM

As the holiday season draws towards the sunny autumnal days some lucky visitors are in for an extra bonus to their holiday.


The olive harvest, a biannual occurrence, is on its way. This is a time when the olive groves of the island become alive with activity, a time of varied forage and action. Owners of the groves are out clearing the land of shrubs and leaves under the trees, to make the harvesting easier. In the process edible potherbs are found and gathered. Furthermore, after the light autumnal rains the sunny days brought out mushrooms - always an exciting pass-time and a delicacy for the islanders.


It's an exciting time for Bernd and Ute from Germany too! They harvested some green olives, ready to be processed and pickled using a recipe popular on our island, which they will try in their home in Germany. It is early for the oil mill to crush the berries for the olive oil, but it is a busy time nevertheless.


Bernd noting down a Skopelos pickling recipe
Bernd noting down a Skopelos pickling recipe
Pickled olives in brine
Pickled olives in brine
Olive groves cleared of shrubs
Olive groves cleared of shrubs
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I'm Sofia, 39 Steps' owner and host. This is an occasional blog to keep in touch with my regular guests, give a taste of Skopeliti life and share my experiences of foraging through the summer season

 

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