The Pečarič family nurtures a long tradition of extracting oil from seeds. Grandfather Niko and his three brothers, Martin, Jože, and Tone had been extracting walnut oil well before the advent of the First World War. Back then the oil was used for lighting. They used a wine press to crush the walnut kernels since no specialised equipment was available to them. There were times when they would use the walnut kernels as a lighting source by setting them on fire. A kernel would light up a space until it burnt up at which point they would light the next one.
In 1990 the Pečarič family planted 350 walnut trees and, in addition, over 300 hazelnut saplings as well. Before Mr. Martin decided to get an oil press of his own he had been transporting walnut and hazelnut kernels to Germany to be pressed. This was a long and expensive endeavour.
Today he owns an independent production that is registered as a complementary activity at his farm. The entire family is involved in the production of various oils. They help with picking the nuts, taking care of the plantations, drying the kernels, and with the extraction process itself.
Mr. Martin’s products are available at his home in Drašiči, neatly packaged and equipped with labels.