Interesting Facts About Olives

The olive is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, much of Africa, the Mediterranean Basin from Portugal to Turkey, the Arabian Peninsula, and southern Asia as far east as China, plus the Canary Islands, Mauritius and RĂ©union.

  • Olive oil itself is naturally cholesterol, sodium, and carbohydrate-free.
  • The olive is a fruit, not a vegetable. Can be green, purple, dark brown, black, and even pink colour.
  • The California black “ripe” Olive, the ones that adorn pizza, kids put them on their finger tips, are green when they are harvested.
  • Large olive trees produce, on average, 3 to 4 100-lb sacks of olives. Older and larger trees can produce more.
  • An olive tree can live for over one thousand years.
  • People in Turkey are the largest consumers of table olives in the world. Olives are also eaten in large quantities in Greece (including for breakfast), southern Italy, southern France, Spain and Portugal.
  • Olives are a very good source of copper amd a good source of iron, dietary fiber, and vitamin E.
  • An olive branch appears on the national flags of seven nations, four US states and the flag of the United Nations.
  • It takes seven litres of olives to make one litre of olive oil.
  • The average life of an olive tree is between 300 and 600 years.

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