Obi Obi Essentials Olive Oil

olives01b oliveoil01bOne thousand olive trees are grown on our farm in the Obi Obi Valley. Every year during March and April, we hand pick the olives. These are put into our olive processor. A hammer mill crushes the olives and after a period of time during which the olive pulp is churned, the mixture is pushed into a centrifuge, which spins incredibly fast and separates the oil from the pulp and any water. Obi Obi Olive Oil comes out the other end. This oil, as always, is cold-pressed. That means no heat or other additives were used during the extraction period. The oil is also of a very high standard, extra virgin. Only good quality olives are used and they are always crushed the same day that they are picked.

After another successful harvest, we have plenty of oil to sell. This includes the smaller amounts of 250 ml and 500ml bottles as well as our bulk supplies where Obi Obi Essentials supplies a 20litre stainless steel drum with bigger orders. Unlike wine, olive oil does not get better with age. It is also best to keep it out of direct sunlight. We put our beautiful oil in green coloured glass bottles to help keep it for as long as is necessary. We have now set up a process for recycling the bottles, so please let us know if you want your glass bottles refilled.

Price: $10.00 for 250ml bottle
(Please contact us for wholesale prices)


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Farm Harvest

obi-obi-essentials-puppy-feedingAnother olive harvest has been completed. It is very satisfying each year to produce fresh organic olive oil from the grove. I suppose the process of hand picking off the trees and watching the oil emerge from the fruit in a simple extraction process is one that connects to our very essence….people have been doing just that each year from time immemorial. The oil is now in the vats waiting to be sent to folk who appreciate a fresh, local and premium quality product.

The farm seems to recognise that harvest time is special. Each year as we pick the grove the animals seem to respond by the farm by introducing new arrivals. This year was no exception. Angel the donkey surprised us all, and the vet, with delivery of twins. They are seriously cute, incredibly active and inquisitive. Not to be outdone Luna and Sherlock the Great Danes proudly presented us with puppies…who seem to be receiving miracle milk from mum given their growth rates. To top it off the black Dexter herd surprised us even more with an arrival of a throw-back. A red calf arrived from a herd that has not been other than black for at least three generations! At first we thought a droughtmaster calf from neighbouring properties had been adopted.


Now that the olive harvest is behind us, it is now time to focus on tea production. The plantation has been mulched and the solar dryer overhauled. The tea bushes are ready for trimming after their flowering season….lines of tea bushes covered in their Camelia flowers is a wonderful sight. Soon we will have the tea and our popular blends with olive leaf, lemon myrtle, ginger or turmeric ready for your cuppa.

From our place to yours,

The Johnson family.

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