A lot of people throughout history has been strongly been fascinated by this tree.
It’s a feeling like people who were born near the sea, they can’t live without it, even living far from a beach.
If you visited Jaen ,where I am from ( and where I live nowadays), you can get this kind of feeling, it’s like if you were in the middle of a big ocean, in a deep storm where everything has been frozen and waves in mountain shape have been stopped in an overwhelmed spectacle.
In the other hand, olive tree on its own, is a magic tree with an outstanding endurance, I can see everyday a thousand years old trees producing olives year by year.
Mythology, history, Bible,Koran,Talmud and a wide variety of old and new books talked about olive tree because it was a true symbol of wisdom, resilience and gentlehood.
A chinese proverb says:
“if you want to be happy for a while, sing a song, if you want to be happy for a year, find a girl-boyfriend, but if you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant a garden”
and I say:
“if you want to convey your happiness to others put an olive tree in your life”
That’s why today I will write about how to place an olive tree in your life.
Table of Contents
- 1 Search the nearest olive tree from home.
- 2 Sponsoring an olive tree
- 3 Plant your own Olive Tree
- 4 Handicrafts with olive tree
- 5 The easiest: eating and drinking the olive tree
- 6 Put an olive tree in your life, but share it with your friends
Search the nearest olive tree from home.
Depending the country where you are living, this point must be easier or harder, because olive tree is supposed to grow in a limited area in the world, but I can assure that you can find it in a lot of places near you.
From South Africa to Japan, from Uruguay to Washington State in EEUU (near Canada), in many places in Australia, Africa, Asia …there are people producing EVOO and in this way there are olive trees there.
Due to the olive tree resistance, you can find it in some parks, streets, avenues etc in a wide variety of cities around the world.
In this case make a contact with olive trees owners if you want to take a walk in the olive tree streets by feeling peace around you only by being you.
You can use these little islands near you in order to obtain leaves, olives, bark and son branches to dive into the Olive Tree Ocean in the future, as I will write later.
Sponsoring an olive tree
There are many places in the world where the olive labor is very hard and not very productive, because virtually the same techniques that are used a hundred years ago.
Cropping systems and production of the trees in these cases may be reduced.
This makes that work to extract oil from these trees is something almost traditional for people not looking for an industrial performance.
You can put an olive in your life by sponsoring one via the INTERNET and you will receive during the year a part of its production, including extra virgin olive oil, olive leaf tea or crafts made of wood.
This is a truly fair and committed way to support the lifestyle of rural areas while you get products that in another way you could never have.
You may get more info about how to sponsor one of my Olive Trees HERE .
Plant your own Olive Tree
The easier way if you live far from Olive tree areas, there are some methods to do this, but I use two depending of the objective.
Obviously you can get an olive seed from olives you buy in your favorite shop, but I’m not sure if treatment to make edible olives affects seed.
The best way to get olive seeds is by finding them in specialized shops or by writing a friend to send them to your house ( use the contact form if needed).
If you found the nearer olive tree from your house, you can use little branches which appears in the trunk in spring ( but wait them to be at least 10-15 cm).
Use the method called replication in gardening, it consists on planting this little branch directly in a pot and keeping it wet until roots grow (10-15 days), main point is to keep leaves with little water drops ( nebulization) , you can use a water spray.
Olive Tree Bonsai.
As you know Bonsai technique is a way of keeping plants in a reduced form but with all its functionalities, in this case, Olive Tree Bonsai is widely extended. For more info you can follow this link
Handicrafts with olive tree
You can find a lot of things to do with olive tree leaves, branches, wood, stones, etc etc as far as your mind could go.
In the picture below you can find a little olive tree made from original leaves, branches and tree bark. A real tree who is with me since 1998.
In the same way my friend is able to develop ( and customize) your own iphone case made with olive tree wood ( ipad and samsung mobiles too). More info HERE
Even more difficult, Miguel Cabezas friend of mine who is an expert luthier, makes guitars with olive tree wood, as you can see below
If you need more info about these products, please follow this link and I will give your all the explanations.
In the same way if you want to make your own little olive tree, please write me and I will send all parts by regular mail for free (only post charges).
The easiest: eating and drinking the olive tree
Probabily this part is the only one you know.
There are a lot of ways of using olive tree products in the kitchen
Nowadays in the top one of worldwide cuisine, Extra Virgin Olive Oil is becoming as a mixture of pleasure, health and medicine. If you can get and taste one of the premium EVOO’s you will notice the huge difference, without doubt my friend.
In this page you will found my favorites ones and those who make things different ( I support them).
First of all I must explain that you can’t eat olives from tree directly. YOU CAN DO IT BUT I WOULD NOT DO IT. BITTER.
Olives must be curated to avoid bitter taste due to Oleuropein (one of the treasures of olives) which isn’t pernicious in any way. Methods are different from every area but always treating to sweet olives.
There are a lot of ways to prepare Olives in the same way there are a lot of ways to use them. From “couscous” to “olivada” from pizza to a martini, all areas where olives were cultivated, people developed their own way to prepare them to be consumed.
In Spain you can find a very funny project called “El aceituning” where you can get a lot of info about how to prepare olives around the world. They give you for free a guide about this topic.
It’s related to edible olives, because as you know
I write before about “olivada” or ” olivade”, it’s a very famous paste made from green or black olives, although I prefer this recipe from “El comidista” in spanish, you can find a similar recipe in this link for olivada in English
Olive leaves tea
Lastly my favorite, I use these leaves as a medicine by taking them as a tea form. I will keep you informed about it, but you can read previous posts about this issue ( THE REVOLUTION FOR ME) here, about olive leaves or about leaves from wild olive trees
If you want to test it for free write me and I will send you some dry leaves by post without any charge ( only post costs)
Dried Olive leaves as a herb
Do you use oregano, tarragon, dill,thyme etc etc as dry herbs in order to improve your dishes?
why not dry olive leaves? I use it in the same way a lot of top chefs around the world.
Use it and you will be totally surprised, at the same time your health will be better.
If you want to test it for free write me and I will send you some dry leaves by post without any charge (only post costs)
NO WORDS.JUST DO IT.
But, share this info with people near you, your environment will thank you, believe me.
Be Olive tree my friend