9 years ago

Food For Thought: All About Olives

Here at Lunds & Byerlys, we love a good olive! They’re great in appetizers, main dishes, cocktails…the list is endless.

Check out these fascinating facts about olives:

  • The olive flower is white and only flowers after four years.
  • Olive trees are harvested for the first time after 15 years.
  • The largest type of olive is called a “donkey olive.”
  • The smallest is known as a “bullet.”
  • It takes seven liters of olives to make one liter of olive oil.
  • The world consumes about 2.25 million tons of olive oil a year.
  • The average life of an olive tree is between 300 and 600 years.
  • The oldest certified olive tree is more than 2,000 years old.
  • An olive branch appears on the national flags of seven nations, four US states and the flag of the United Nations.
  • One city and three towns in the United States are called “Olive Branch.”
  • Olive branches (2,550 of them) were used at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where the tradition of crowning Olympians with an olive spray was revived.
  • Olives are rich in Vitamin E and “good fat.”
  • Your five daily servings of fruit can include 16 olives, which make one serving.

Come in today and sample over 24 olive and antipasti offerings at our olive bar, located in our deli.