San Isidro Olive Cooperative in Periana achieves the best prices for the 2015-2016 season

28 November 2016 |

For San Isidro Olive Cooperative in Periana, the 2015-2016 season was one of the best seasons in recent years, with over 8 million kilograms of olives harvested (about 70% more than last year), providing almost 2 million kilograms of olive oil.

All the effort and hard work of this season has been well rewarded, as it resulted in the highest price per kilo of olives in the whole of the Axarquía region. Although the price per kilo is a little lower than last year, Periana olive oil remains exclusive, unique and native to the Axarquía region, as well as standing out in olive production in Andalusia. Low rainfall and high temperatures resulted in a slower ripening and smaller olives, which then recovered after the October rain, resulting in better quality fruit and improved overall condition of the crop.

Olive prices were announced in the San Isidro Cooperative Ordinary General Meeting, held this November, which also discussed other activities that have taken place this year. The most important of these are the Cooperative’s expansion work, involving a new, larger entrance for trucks and trailers, a big car park and rest areas, and the upgrade of the olive mill’s cold-press extraction machines. It is also worth noting the positive reception of the new product line launched this season with the creation and marketing of “El Milenario”, a new olive oil that is extracted from the first harvest of hundred-year-old and thousand-year-old olive trees of the Verdial variety, and processed in a traditional way. This year's production was of 23,864 kg of olives, giving rise to 3,600 kg of olive oil.

Finally, the Board of Directors was unanimously re-elected.

San Isidro Olive and Fruit Cooperative, one of the oldest in Axarquía, is primarily dedicated to the production of the Verdial variety of olive oil, although it also produces the Hojiblanca and Picual varieties. The harvest time is the first distinguishing feature of this olive mill, which manages to coordinate the cooperative members in order to harvest the olives at precisely the right time, which is later than any other place in the province, but is still early in terms of their ripeness. The olives are picked tree by tree, and different varieties of olives are never mixed. Depending on the harvest time (for example, if they are overripe or have taken up a lot of water), the oil will have different qualities of aroma, flavour, smell, etc. A lower degree of acidity is indicative of a better quality product. This is how we achieve our excellent olive oil, which has won recognition and awards for its quality.