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Some interesting things
about olives

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 Olympics Games in Athens when the tradition of crowning Olympians with an olive spray was revived.

Olives are rich in Vitamin E and ‘good fat’.

Your five daily portions of fruit can include 16 olives, which make one portion.

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 litres of olives to make one litre of olive oil.

The world consumes about 2.25 million tonnes 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 2000 years old.