The olive trees were harvested two at a time with the women seated on straw mats between them. The men and teenage boys propped ladders against the muscular trunks and released the crop by shaking the trees, combing the branches with rakes, and picking the olives by hand. The fruits dropping sounded like rain and the children plucked the green and purple drops from the ground and carried them in handfuls to their sisters, mothers, aunts and grandmother. The women caught the cascades in metal trays and swished the gems around like water to remove the leaves and stems.