On the way back from Rome last month we stopped near Firenze. To my amazement I saw that the olive trees there were still burdened with ripe olives waiting to be picked (or in the case of the one in the photo to fall off). On the Riviera the olives, even without the accursed olive fly, fall off by the end of January if they aren't picked. I'd guess these olives weren't even ripe in January. As always click on the image to see it enlarged and don't forget to visit of the olive tree blogging archives for further reminders of how nice olive trees are.