Saturday, January 15, 2011

Olive Harvest Update - Olive Waste

This past October I particpated in an olive harvest of my friend Yarden's olive trees. You can read about the harvest here, which ended up producing 50 liters of oil. One thing that intrigued me at the olive press was the huge mound of waste that was created as result of the process. Outside the factory was a massive mount of olive pulp. It looked like dark wood pulp shavings from a distance, but smelled like a great olive tapenade. I asked a few people what became of the olive pulp, but nobody had a definitive answer for me.

I forgot about the olive waste until I recently read an article in Haaretz about an Israel company that is turning the olive pulp waste into a heating source. The olive pellets created, according to owner, do not release harmful gases when burned, and can also be used as a fertilizer. Today, most of the pulp is brought to a landfill or is not moved at all becoming a pollutant.

I don't have a fireplace, but for those of you who do, consider by olive pulp pellets instead of wood this winter.

Close up on tons of olive pulp

The pulp is spewed onto the mound throughout the day



  1. Ben - I went to a soap factory in Nablus, and that industry traditionally used olive pits to fire the boiler on the vats of olive oil and baking soda that eventually become the famed Nabulsi soap. So using the olive waste for fireplace pellets is a new idea with old roots.

  2. Our company 3Birim works inenergy generating vegetables,seeds market in Turkey.
    We collect olive seeds,olive pulp from factories and plants , wholesale in the country and also export abroad.
    We have around 10,000mt of olive pulp in our warehouse ready to deliver.
    A recent SGS analysis has been made and we can send it if you are interested.
    Please get back to us if you need regarding olive pulp.
    Best regards
    Kenan Yasa
    Sales Mgr.