What am I?
My oldest trees on in Lebanon and are 6,000 years old. My trees never quit producing fruit. Even if my tree is damaged, it can come back to life.
But it's not just my tree that's exciting, it's the fruit on it and what that fruit juice becomes! You've been told my fruit makes oil, but it's really juice! Keep reading to learn more.
Where I grow
I grow on trees and am native to the Mediterranean. There are over 700 varieties of me, and each one offers a different flavor. My fruit starts green and turns purple when it's ripe. When it's ripe, it produces more juice but less flavor. My tree is ready to beat and shake when I have fruit that's green AND fruit that's starting to turn purple.
After I'm Picked
At harvest, timing is everything. If the weather is too hot, I can mature too quickly. If the weather is cold, I might have to be picked before I'm mature in case of a frost. Once I'm picked off the tree, I need to be made into juice right away. Farmers today try to get me from the tree to the mill in just 3 hours!
Did You Guess?
Olive oil is full of flavor. Try this condiment that has been enjoyed by people for over 6,500 years!
Let's try it!
How Olive Oil is Made
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