Olive Oil Mills
The olive oil mills were considered from the citizens of Valleluce, together with the mills, some of the most favorite places. Once in the village there were eight olive oil mills which where powered only by the traction of animals, such as mules, because of their strength and patience. To put the mill into operation, a 9,85 feet long wooden pole was attached to the mule and was pulled at a regular pace. The olives were placed on the edge of the “turn”, a 31,5 inches high concrete construction located in the center of the crusher, so that it could slide them between the two piers with the tip of a spade. After a few turns, the crusher collected the crushed material and placed it again on the edge where the olives had been removed. At the end of the pressing, the oil was collected in a container called “zirr”. Even though these structures are no longer used, the extra virgin oil of Valleluce is still an important resource of our fraction, very appreciated in the surroundings of the village2.