Jeff Soan’s Ikaria 1974 – ELETRIVION

Olive press – 1st stage

Today olives are pressed for oil in modern automated presses.
Above is shown the age-old method of crushing olives in preparation for pressing.
It consists of a large slab of stone 6 feet in diameter on which the olives are placed. A smaller cylindrical stone was then rolled round and round by man or beast until the olives were ‘mushy’. This mush would then be put into a woven reed bag and placed on the press shown below. A long trunk with a flat stone attached is placed in a recess at the back and a large boulder hoisted…

Olive press – 2nd stage

… onto the further end. The oil is squeezed from the sack and it runs along the grooves in the stone beneath and into a suitable container.

Light solids in the oil are strained and used to make soap. The heavy pulp is mainly used for furnaces – it being very inflammable.

Jeff Soan’s Ikaria 1974 – Ayia Kiriaki
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