Fruit Trees > Olives

The Olive is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, Thr name brings to mind  the costasl; areas of the Mediterranean region, from Lebanon and the maritime parts of Asia Minor and northern Iran at the south end of the Caspian Sea.

Its history of production goes back to ancient Greece distribution throughout the western Mediterranean. The olive is one of the earliest plants cited in recorded literature being mentioned by Moses in the Old Testement

 Olives can be used as a hedge or as a stand alone tree in the corner of your garden. They also look good in a container so place on a patio or deck to create a Mediterranean feel

Olives are grown either for their which is rich in oleic acid and said to be good for cardiovascular health. Monounsaturated fat which is 'good' cholesterol and may help with inflammation in joints etc.

Or:

Eaten. The fruit when picked is not palatable so has to be treated to get rid of the bitterness . This is usually done at home by soaking in brine
It may be processed either while unripe, to produce "green olives", as with the martini olives stuffed with pimento, or when ripe, to produce "black olives", as are used on pizza, some Mexican food, and Mediterranean-style salads.


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