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Olive Harvest In Umbria


November was a month of firsts: first meat donut, first lamb evisceration, first Setteveli, and first olive harvest. Last weekend, I visited my friend Madi Gandolfo in Umbria where we picked olives one by one from the Frantoio trees that surround her gorgeous country house. We collected 500 kilos of fruit and brought them to the mill where the olives were ground into a paste that was applied to mesh disks and pressed to extrude extra virgin oil. The whole process took about ninety minutes and when all was said and done, I had 10 liters of bright green cold pressed EVOO so good it may not get me through the winter.

2016-01-07T14:37:31+00:00 December 2nd, 2009|Categories: Food & Wine|9 Comments


  1. shayma December 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    10 litres just for yourself? what a lucky girl you are.

  2. Mamma Parla December 2, 2009 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I think they sell bubble wrap at the “Euro Store” on via Cavour. I am truly green with envy!

  3. Nonna December 3, 2009 at 3:30 am - Reply

    I’m jealous

  4. Katie December 3, 2009 at 3:36 am - Reply

    You can both have the oil too! Madi will ship her oil. Just drop her an email at Madi.Gandolfo@international.gc.ca. SO worth it!

  5. Mamma Parla December 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Grazie mille! It’s at the top of my to-do list today-great holiday gift idea!

  6. The Food Smuggler December 14, 2009 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    […] stronger than I am. On my most recent trip to the UK , I filled my suitcase with oil (5 litres of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil to be exact),pasta di gragnano, parmigiano regiano, pecorino romano, caciocavallo, pesto, […]

  7. Travellious.com December 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Travel Stories: In Search of Good Olive Oil…

    Image: kelly.

    The woman behind the counter pauses when my friend Francesco asked the question, “do you have a local olive oil for sale in this supermarket?” She shakes her head in disgust and replies, “no, there’s no good olive oil here.” She t…

  8. Gabriele February 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Hi! We re-post your article on the “beeninUmbria” blog with a direct link to your site. Hope you’re happy to share the experiences! If not, just write us, we will remove it immediately.

    We love Olive oil!! 🙂


  9. | Madi Talks OilParla Food April 11, 2011 at 6:48 am - Reply

    […] an olive oil producer who splits her time between Rome and Umbria. I use her olive oil and I even helped her harvest 500kg of olives back in November 2009. Since then, her company has grown and will start selling in […]

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