We have been harvesting olive trees for at least six thousand years. Believed to be cultivated in what is now Turkey and Syria the olive tree followed civilization, and now grows in northern and southern hemispheres, from Italy to Chile, California to Australia, and on every continent except Antarctica. There are more than 1000 varieties of olives, but less than 100 varieties account for 85 percent of olive oil.
When the tree is no longer productive the wood, hard, richly figured, and fine grained makes it an ideal source of beautiful kitchen utensils, tableware, and cutting boards. We’ve got a selection in the store, so next time you are in take a look.
If you’d like to grow an olive tree at home, (though you will most likely not harvest olives), you can order one here, and check out other facts about olive trees.