Thursday, January 28, 2010

Let's talk Olives, shall we?

Olive trees...

Pic taken in Kfaryachit, north of Lebanon

Olive trees are very hardy and resistant to drought, disease and fire. Their root system is actually capable of regenerating the tree even if the above-ground structure is cut-off.
The older an olive tree is, the broader its trunk appears. Many olive trees in the groves around the Mediterranean are said to be several centuries old and have long been considered sacred and symbolic.

Olive leaves symbolize abundance, glory and peace. They are mentioned in many religions and are still used today in several religious ceremonies. Also, in ancient Greece, olive oil was used to anoint kings and athletes!
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