Yes… this is a blog on OLIVES!
I love olives; I have always loved them since I was a little kid. My grandfather used to buy me jars of green olives. Most people crave candy, sweets, ice cream, or some random crap.. me?… I crave OLIVES! (I probably should research WHY; more than likely has to do with the salty taste)
So here are some fun facts about these delicious little morsels!
- Olives are considered a FRUIT! YES.. eating 16 olives will make up one portion of your daily fruit intake. YUMMY They are apart of a special FRUIT group called drupes; which are fruits that have a pit/stone at their core and the pit is surrounded by a larger fleshy portion. Other examples include cherries, plums, peaches, etc.
- All olives start out green but as they ripen they change colors into a red/brown then eventually into shades of purple and black.
- Olives are rich in Vitamin E and are considered ‘good fat’.
- On average, an olive tree can live between 300 and 600 years. YIKES
- Olives cannot be eaten directly from the tree. They need to be processed first; so don’t let someone trick you!
- Olives appear in one of the earliest cookbooks ever discovered.
- Olives are normally harvested in the autumn or winter.
- Recent research studies have shown that the monounsaturated fat found in olives (and olive oil) can help to decrease blood pressure.
- Olives constitute one of the world’s largest fruit crops, with more than 25 million acres of olive trees planted worldwide. Spain is the largest single producer then Italy and then Greece.
- 90% of all Mediterranean olives are crushed for the production of olive oil.
– Mommy H.