Not more than 10 minutes from our door is Beit Ba’ad Alzitun in the ancient city of Peki’in. This beit ba’ad is more than just a place to take your olives – it has character.
First of all – it’s a social hall, where the owner and friends can be found chatting while enjoying Turkish coffee and maybe a hookah or cigarettes. The men are most friendly and want very badly for you to join them in their party – even if you do not understand a word they are saying. Hospitality is extremely important to the Arabs in our area.
Second – it’s a center of education. By the looks of it, the demonstration table, samples and surrounding benches are used on a regular basis to educate people on olives and making olive oil. By the way he described the process and in the manner in which he spoke you would have thought he was speaking to a huge crowd instead of four people.
Third – it’s a store, selling olives, olive oil and olive oil soap. Products cost a little more and the tithes need to be taken, but the flavor is excellent.
Fourth – it’s a place to get your olives pressed. If you bring your olives to the beit ba’ad, they charge you 10% of the yield to do the processing. For another 10% of the harvest they will send workers to harvest your olives.
Fifth – it’s a fun place to go to!