Don’s Expert Answers: Bruised Olives

Question From:
in Point Cook, Melbourne Victoria

Nature of problem:
Bruised Olives

Type of Plant (if known):
Olive trees

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Bruised olives

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:

How often do you water the plant:

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
whole day

How long since you planted it:
don’t know, recently purchased the property

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:

What other treatments have you given the plant:

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Other Comments:
Hi Burke,

I have few olive trees in my newly purchased property. The olives are now ready for picking…become black. I have read your article on how to process the olives, brine solution etc. I read in your article to sort out good from the damaged and bruised olives and to pickle the good olives. I have a question regarding the bruised olives. What can I do with it? Can I use it to make something out of it or do I have to just throw it?

Appreciate your early advice.


Hi Nev, Bruising is caused by fungal or bacterial decay. Thus the flavour will be spoiled. IE Throw them away. Don