Hidden away in a (sunny) corner of our farm is a well-guarded secret – until now. We have been working on a project with Belazu, purveyors of quality Mediterranean products, to create a little bit of the Mediterranean here in Essex. Our olive grove is the result of years of research, travel and hard graft. Although the travel and tasting was fun, admittedly, we carefully selected varieties we think will have commercial potential here in the UK. The first trees arrived in 2017 and we added more varieties in 2019. We picked our first crop in 2018 for table olives and pressed our first oil in 2019. The 2020 crop looks very promising and we can’t wait to start preserving and pressing again later on this year. The yields are still small on these young trees so we won’t be releasing them onto the open market just yet, but we are confident enough to be planning new groves which will be planted in the spring, expanding the range of varieties and the area of the most promising existing varieties.
With the relatively mild maritime climate and high sunlight hours here on the Tendring Peninsula, we are perfectly located to be pushing the boundaries of UK cropping. We hope in the not too distant future you will be able to buy Belazu Holt Farm Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, now that would be something special!
In the meantime, we have selected a range of some of Belazu’s best selling products for you to buy. We hope you enjoy them and if you are a fan of other Belazu products please let us know and we will get them listed.