"Now The Hungry Lion Roars......."
William Shakespeare 1595
The botanical name of the olive is “olea europaea” which means “European olive" - for the best dressed Greek olives around.
Even though we think that the olive is a vegetable, it is technically classified as a fruit! For one of your five a day.
The olive was first cultivated 7,000 years ago in Mediterranean regions.
Our olives have a long shelf life too (not quite 7,000 years though!)
The ancient Greeks smeared olive oil on their bodies and hair as a matter of grooming and good health.
You can buy olive oil from us too if you fancy a bit of grooming -
The largest type of olive tree is called “donkey olive” and the smallest type “bullet” and currently we have "mammoth" (which means somewhere there is a seriously large donkey)!
The olive tree starts to bloom after 4 years and the first harvest can be expected after 15 years.
There's a lot of work in an olive!