Popeye and Olive Oil

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Olive groves are all over Spain. Some are very very old and the trunks on the trees are massive.  

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The beautiful soft colour of the leaves reminds you that they represent Peace.  

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Many towns have olive oil processing plant, but back in the day the oil was extracted by individual families.  

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Huge granite wheels and spindles were used to crush the olives and their stones.  

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The olive then flowed through the splits in the base stones and was collected underneath.  

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This is an olive press, a more recent invention.  

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Wheels and trees.  

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The whole roundabout collection.  

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This huge tree was actually flowering.  

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Too big to hug. That's how huge some trunks are.  

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My turn to push the stone wheel.  

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End on photo. Trying to be Instagrammy!! Haha.  

 supermarket shelves offer a huge range of olive oils. 

supermarket shelves offer a huge range of olive oils. 

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And some lovely olives. Perhaps you could call them rescue olives, because they didn't get oiled!!. I haven't had a meal in Morocco or Spain that hasn't begun with a small dish of olives and then a smaller dish is placed on the table for the stones.  

 

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Most days in Spain I order a tomato salad for lunch. It's always an adventure as each day it is different. Today's was with mozzarella and black olives.  

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The centre piece of the salad was an olive stuck inside a small tomato. Cute, eh??