Well, yes, umm….
Stephen and Sarah Nunn are believed to be the first people to sell olives grown in Britain……The couple’s glass-covered grove has yielded 200 kilos of olives, which are worth a total of about £4,000 and are being sold for £3.50 pounds per 100g, four times as much as their Mediterranean rivals.
Oh aye? You could pick 200 kg from the wild trees around here for purely the labour of picking them (one friend did just that a few weeks back just or the giggle). You’d get 20 litres of oil from the local mill, 20 litres that you could buy from the supermarket for about €40.
It’s an interesting little demonstration of Adam Smith’s point about grapes, glasshouses, Scotland and wine really, isn’t it? Better not to try and be all local and self-sufficient, but to trade with places with comparative advantage.
Of course, people should be entirely free to waste their time in this manner, to build greenhouses for olive trees,…but I would be interested to know whether they’ve got EU quota there for olive growing is indeed one of those industries where you do need permission.
However, for true stupidity, try this:
Once picked, the olives are drained in water for 10 days before being placed in brine for nine weeks, until they are ready to eat.
Yes, you don’t eat them fresh.
John Clint, owner of Hornets Provisions village store, which is selling the olives, said: “People are buying them in great numbers because they like buying local food. They have that lovely fresh taste that only comes from locally grown produce.”
Fresh? They’ve just been pickled for nine weeks!