Old Crushing Stones Part of History

When you drive into the entrance at Il Fiorello, we have two granite crushing stones sent from Italy by the Pieralisi Company. They came with our new mill. Each weighs more than two tons and is 200-300 years old. We are not sure what part of Italy they came from, but we appreciate the work they have done. History is important as it teaches us the culture of our olive mill. Although crushing olives by stones is not really done much now, the stones harken back to the ancient method of pressing olives. We mill olives in our centrifuge, have electricity, and appreciate the hard work of our colleagues. The stones serve as a reminder of the history of olive oil. At Il Fiorello we say that olive oil is an ancient food and deserves a place on the modern table.