He said this laughingly and jokingly, but we knew there was more than a kernel of truth in his words. Olives play a huge role in all Tunisian cuisine. The olive oil and mash being captured after pressing. This we have experienced over and over wherever we travel. Traveling around the countrysideespecially during the olive harvest, you can witness the entire production from tree to market or even to the table.
The red plastic comb or rake makes it easy to "pick" the olives. These families were always friendly and welcoming and we stopped many times to watch the process and take photos.
Other olives may be taken to the factory to be pressed into oil. We then discussed how people are not the same as the government. This was a welcome surprise to us. Some olives are taken straight to the market to be sold.
It was an interesting experience, and this only happened once the entire time we were in the country, but it did make us think about people and their differing views.
Did you enjoy the food? What were some of your favorites? The owner immediately walked out, welcomed us, and began telling us about the oil production.
Thankfully, even though this man obviously had no love for America, he treated us with courtesy and kindness. We went to Tunisia to visit the ancient siteseat some delicious foodand of course meet the people. From Bizerta to Ichkeul, and from Carthage to El Kef, the roads drive straight through olive orchard after olive orchard.
During the harvest, you will see whole families working together to collect the olives, prune the trees, and bring the olives either to market or to the oil press factory. Olives are pushed into large piles then put into bags to be taken away. He agreed, gave us a fantastic tour of his factory, introduced us to his wife, and bid us farewell.
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