Olive trees are one of the oldest and most cultivated crops in history. Olive trees are native to Syria and Asia Minor. Once an olive tree is planted, it usually isn’t harvested for at least 15 years. Luckily, the average life of an olive tree is between 300 and 600 years. There are some olive trees around the world that are believed to be 2000 years old!
Traditionally, olive branches were a sign of peace and goodwill. Today, though we still honor that tradition, olives have many more positive attributes. They are great sources of vitamin E and “good fat.” At the same time, olives are low in carbohydrates and calories. They are even said to cure motion sickness, protect the heart from diabetes and prevent colon cancer.
Despite new technologies, traditional hand picking remains the best was to pick olives when they are ripe. Depending on how ripe they are, defines what type of olive it is categorized as. Vigo sells Calamata, Spanish, Manzanilla and black olives.
Some olives are used to produce olive oil. Since the olive is a fruit, it releases juices when pressed. Seven liters of olives are pressed to produce just one liter of olive oil! Olive oil also has its own set of healthy benefits. So while you are at it, pick up a bottle of Vigo Extrta Virgin Olive Oil too!