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New olive trees- making homemade olive oil?

9 years ago

I'm adding three olive trees to my orchard- arbequina (Spanish), ascolano (Tuscan) and leccino (also tuscan).

The leccino is supposed to make a phenomenal olive oil- but seeing as I only have 3 trees, I'm definitely not interested in some of the $2,000 + olive presses available in the market. Does anyone here make their own olive oil? Is it absurdly difficult? And what do I use to expel the oil from the fruit (aside from a mallet, lol). Maybe there is a small press on the market I'm not aware of??

Any and all advice welcome- thanks!

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