Year 2 and Year 6 students at Dingli Primary School participated in a first-hand learning experience of hand-picking olives, from the school garden. The students were actively engaged and embraced this activity whole-heartedly.
Olives picked off the tree contain a very bitter compound called oleuropein. Harvested olives must be ‘cured’ to remove the bitterness and make them palatable. The EkoSkola students soaked the olives in water and changed the water for ten days. After curing, the olives were placed in a finish brine, which is a salt solution that adds the characteristic flavours. The olives were then placed in airtight jars, brought to school by the students. The olives now need to be stored for about a year.
The students also harvested lemons and pomegranates from the school garden. They decided to sell the olive jars, lemons and pomegranates to members of staff as a fundraiser.