The olive flower is white and only flowers after four years.

The average life of an olive tree is between 300 and 600 years.

Your five daily portions of fruit can include 16 olives, which make one portion.

Olive trees are harvested for the first time after 15 years.

The oldest certified olive tree is more than 2000 years old.

In Greek mythology the goddess Athena gave the olive tree as a gift to the city of Athens.

The largest type of olive is called a ‘Atlas’.

An olive branch appears on the national flags of seven nations, four US states and the flag of the United Nations.

At the games at Olympia, a wreath of olive leaves was the prize.

The smallest is known as a ‘bullet’.

One city and three towns in the United States are called ‘Olive Branch’.

In early Greek and Hebrew cultures, it was a capital crime to destroy an olive tree.

It takes 5 kilos of olives to make one litre of olive oil.

Olive branches (2,550 of them) were used at the 2004 Olympics Games in Athens when the tradition of crowning Olympians with an olive spray was revived.

For centuries, the olive branch has represented a symbol of peace.

The world consumes about 2.25 million tonnes of olive oil a year.

Olives are rich in Vitamin E and ‘good fat’.

The first vegetation brought back by a dove to Noah after the flood was a branch from an olive tree.

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