Olive Tree Topiary
The 6,000-7,000 year origin of the olive tree we are familiar with today is most likely connected to Ancient Persia and Mesopotamia.
The Olive Tree has a rich history, with many religious references and is even used in the present day in many religious rituals. A long time ago, the leafy branches would be given to the divine and powerful as a symbol of blessing and purification. Furthermore, they were worn as a crown by those who won friendly games or brutal battles.
Cultivation of the olive tree is useful in the creation of olive oil, which interestingly is what 90% of harvested olives are used for. Olives are able to be picked at any stage of ripeness, but will eventually ripen to black. Some olive trees will produce olives at about three years, while others take from five to twelve years. Additionally, there are olive trees that will never produce fruit, such as those grown from seed.
Another useful part of the olive tree is the olive wood, which is known for its toughness, color, grain patterns, and the durability at high temperatures.
Olive trees are impressive because in some ways they are able to revive themselves. The rootstock is able to produce new growth even if the rest of the tree suffers from cold weather damage. Amazingly, olive trees can live for many centuries because of this feature. An older olive tree has a thick and gnarled trunk. There are claims about some of the olive trees in the Mediterranean being at least 2,000 years old!
There are many health benefits to the olive oil made from the fruit of an olive tree. It is great for the skin, heart, and hair. It is considered one of the healthy fats and arguably is one of the easiest fats to incorporate into your everyday cooking. People who live in the Mediterranean use olive oil as a main part of their diet, which has been shown to lessen the risk of heart-disease and help lower cholesterol.
Olive oil can help your body internally as well as externally. Some people use it as an everyday moisturizer for their skin or as a conditioner for their hair. It can also be used on your cuticles or even to remove eye makeup.
When admiring an olive tree, remember the deep history of the tree as well as all of the health benefits from the olives it produces. You can own an artificial topiary olive tree without the hassole of watering, planting, insects, etc and allergy free at TopiaryTree.net