Olives are a fruit that grow on trees of the Olea europaea species. Olives are an ancient crop, believed to have been first cultivated by the Minoans in Crete over 4,000 years ago. The trees are grown around the Mediterranean and throughout the Middle East.Olives grow on olive trees, which are evergreen trees that can reach heights of up to 30 feet.
Overview of Olive Trees
Olive trees are one of the most ancient species of tree in the world, with some being estimated to have been alive for thousands of years. They are often found in Mediterranean climates, and are an important part of many cultures and cuisines. The olive tree is a hardy, long-living species, with a deep root system and wide canopy. It produces small white flowers which eventually give way to the fruit – the olives. Olives come in many different varieties and can be used for a variety of purposes, from olive oil production to being an ingredient in salads or as part of sauces or dressings. Olive trees are also grown as ornamental plants, providing shade and beauty to gardens around the world.
The olive tree is relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal pruning and fertilizing. It can handle drought conditions well and does not require much water once established. As a result, it can be grown without much effort or maintenance by those who want to enjoy its fruit or its beauty in their garden. Olive trees can also be propagated by cuttings or grafting onto other trees if desired.