Groves on the Dalmatian Coast
particularly their oil, are a major ingredient in the Croatian diet.
one who is somewhat
ambivalent about the flavor of olive oil, it’s easy to get the
impression that they put it either on or in just about everything but
ice cream. The
taste improves, slightly,
when you remind yourself how healthy olive oil is for your
the coast north of Split,
olive trees are abundant, almost as abundant as the stones. The two
combine in the form of stone walls around groves of olive trees.
the lower left of the picture set above, a “magarac” (donkey) waits to
sacks of freshly picked olives. Above that is a deeply gnarled old tree
probably would have been culled from a commercial grove long ago.
Regardless of primary vocations or professions, it is common for
Croatian families to have at least a few olive trees in the countryside
and to pick and process their own crop.