We’re bringing you a documentary from 1968 on extra virgin olive oil, from the Filmoteca Española (Spanish Film Archives), courtesy of NODO. This documentary includes some fascinating extracts on olive oil production at the end of the 1970s. That’s almost 50 years ago!

You’ll be fascinated, maybe even a bit nostalgic, when you see the images in this short documentary, and certainly when you hear the background music: workers singing during the olive harvest.

I’m also leaving a few photos from the past that I’m quite taken with. So much has changed in the oil scene today; nowadays, many harvest workers come in from abroad, from the east of Europe. Nevertheless, if you spend just one day in the midst of the harvest, I don’t know what it is about the olive grove but, it’s clear that the spirit of camaraderie is stronger than ever, as is the joy for working in the grove and tending to the trees.

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In this picture, harvest workers are in the process of shaking an olive tree. These days, there is specialist machinery that performs the tree shaking in less time, but these mechanical tree shakers still continue agitating the olive tree until every last olive has fallen. Shaking the olive tree is a real art as you have to ensure that the tree undergoes the very least damage possible!

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Another of the pictures that I will never forget is this shot of some women tying up bundles of olives. It could be perfectly transformed into a painting by Julio Romero de Torres or Picasso, or a poem by García Lorca, the same as the cover photo.

Watching this video makes us feel all the more proud of the work that we do at Mi Oliva Gourmet, looking over fields and olive presses in search for little, hidden jewels, shining with tradition and Andalusian flavour, so that you can purchase our country’s purest, in fact, the world’s purest extra virgin olive oil. Don’t miss this wonderful tribute to a little piece of our history and don’t forget to leave a comment and share what you think!

Watch the 1968 documentary on extra virgin olive oil with the Filmoteca Española.

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