The ancient tradition of harvesting by hand

Most Jordanian farms carefully harvest their olives by hand. This traditional manual harvesting method does not damage the trees or the fruits. Combined with our modern milling techniques, this ensures a high-quality oil.

Harvesting by hand

Jordan’s olive farms have often been in families for many generations, who keep their ancient traditions alive. They generally grow rainfed olives with minimal use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Most farms carefully harvest their olives by hand, dropping them onto a cloth or plastic sheet under the tree. Stems, twigs and leaves are removed, before the olives are packed in containers or bags and transported to Jordan’s state-of-the-art pressing mills.

Benefits

  • Harvesting by hand has many benefits, besides preserving ancient traditions. It does not damage the trees’ branches and leaves, keeping the trees strong. It also limits damage to the olive fruits, which benefits the quality of the oil.
  • Manual harvesting is the most expensive stage in olive production, accounting for 40-50% of production costs. Although mechanical systems may increase harvesters’ productivity, the manual method provides the highest yield of harvested fruits, with minimal damage to the trees and olives.

Suggested Readings

Introducing “TAMKEEN” Service: Empowering Jordanian Olive Oil Producers for International Competition

AMMAN — Six Jordanian companies participated in the 10th World Olive Oil...

Read More

Mahmoud Nayef Omari & Partners Co.

Company Name: Mahmoud Nayef Omari & Partners Co. Year of Establishment: 2006...

Read More

Jordanian Olive Oil is back at the World Olive Oil Exhibition

Jordanian Olive Oil is back at the World Olive Oil Exhibition for...

Read More