Olive trees are perhaps the best trees in the world. But did you know that the oldest olive tree is more than 3000 years old? And that an ingredient in olive oil can help in the fight against cancer? Check out these facts.

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There are olive trees That are more than 1,000 years old. Some rich people love to have an old olive tree in their garden. The cost of a 500 to 1,000 + year old olive trees is about 10,000 – 50,000 euros. Most olive trees reach the age of 300 to 600 years, so old olive trees are very fragile and require special treatment.

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The oldest olive tree in the world is located on the island of Crete (Greece). It is 2,000 – 3,000 years old. However, some people say that the Olive Tree of Vouves More than 3,000 years old. Nice tidbit: This olive tree still produces olives. You understand that these olives are very expensive. The oldest olive tree in the world is visited by more than 20,000 people every year.

You may think that the olive is a vegetable, but that is not true. The olive is a fruit and can be pink, black, brown, purple or green.

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Olives can be eaten, but they can also be used to extract olive oil. Olive oil is good for you, especially extra virgin. Approximately 73% of the fatty acid in olive oil is a simple unsaturated fat called oleic acid. This is extremely healthy. Olive oil is loaded with potent antioxidants, has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can even prevent stroke.

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Did you know that an ingredient in olive oil Seems promising in the fight against cancer? The ingredient is oleocanthal, a compound that ruptures part of the cancer cell, causing enzymes that cause cell death. Fortunately, Oleocanthal has not damaged healthy cells. The paper was published in the scientific journal Molecular and Cellular Oncology.

The olive branch is a sign of peace. This symbol was used in history to declare armistice by giving it to enemies. According to the Bible, a pigeon came back to Noah with a olive branch in his mouth.

The first eyeshadow was created by mixing olive oil and ground charcoal. It was used in ancient Greece. Yes, olive oil was used earlier. In 2014, scientists discovered 8,000 year old olive oil in Ein Zippori, a town near Nazareth.

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The olive Tree is protected by law. In France, parts of Italy and parts of Spain Is it illegal to sell old olive trees. That is necessary, because many old olive trees die during transport. If you Want to buy an old olive tree, please contact an olive nursery, such as Finca Hermosa.

Olive trees are hardy and can live in other climates than the Mediterranean climate. What an olive tree needs is a long and hot summer and a cool (not cold) winter. That"s why you see this tree in many parts of Asia, America, Europe and Australia.

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Do you think an olive tree can bear fruit from the beginning? No, it doesn"t happen. It takes about fifteen years before an olive tree is mature and you can start harvesting fruit. If you really love olives, we suggest you buy a mature olive tree instead of a very young olive tree.

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