Olive

Olea europaea
Oleaceae, Olive family
Olive
Olive
When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf!
Genesis 8:11 NIV
Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours…your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
Psalm 128:1-3 NIV

Cultural Information

TypeEdible Tree
Height20 to 25 feet
Soildry, well-drained
Exposurefull sun
Leaves evergreen, elliptic, dull, deep green with silvery grey underside, 2-3”
Flowers Creamy white flowers, clustered in panicles, fragrant blooms in spring
Fruit drupe, oval, olive green, some varieties darken to purple or black, 1” harvest fruit in fall

Garden to Table

  • Olives have a rich, hearty, distinctive flavor characterizing Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods for millennia
  • Eat olives right from the jar or slice for salads, pizza topping, breads, meat or vegetable dishes
  • Use oil pressed from olives drizzled by itself over breads, vegetable medleys, or pasta noodles or blended with spices in salad dressings and marinades
  • Start every soup or cooked greens recipe by sautéing leeks, onions and/or garlic in olive oil
  • Tapenades feature olives and olive oil blended with other ingredients into a paste consistency for spreading on bread or garnishing a hearty meat dish

Additional Resources

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Noah, who walked with the Lord and remained steadfast in faith amidst a harsh environment of evil, violent corruption (Genesis 6:9), stood against his landscape like the olive tree, defying wasteland with fruitfulness.
-from the NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible
Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours…your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
Psalm 128:1-3 NIV

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