• Olives are the most commonly grown ancient fruit around the world and hail from the Mediterranean, Asia, and Africa where they were discovered about 6000 years ago. More than just a source of food and oil, olives and specifically olive branches carry historical, religious, and cultural meaning.
• Though olives are readily available in cans, buy them from the olive bar when possible as the heat involved in canning degrades the quality of the olives.
• Store them in the refrigerator in a bit of the brining liquid to keep them fresh for up to a week.
• Use a bit of olive oil to moisturize your skin and remove makeup, or mix it with sugar to make an exfoliating body scrub.
Olives are a wonderful source of monounsaturated healthy fats, iron, and fiber.
They’re also a great source of Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects your cells from pollution damage and other free radicals.
• Olives can’t be picked and eaten straight away like most fruits; they have to be cured first, which leaches out their bitterness.
• Olive trees can produce fruit for 1000 years.
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