Darling | The Darling Olives estate consists of roughly 70 hectares of dry land olives with about 400 trees per hectare. Being situated about 15km from the ocean as the crow flies, our olive trees only get the cool Atlantic breeze and rain, and are never irrigated. The olives are therefore not artificially fattened with water, but the roots of the trees grow deep into the soil for moisture, resulting in healthy and very tasty olives.
The cultivar on our estate is called “Mission” – by far the most popular cultivar in South Africa. It originates from San Diego, California (U.S.A.) from seeds that the Franciscan missionaries brought to Mexico. It is a strong grower and the trees can grow up to 15m high.