“The Olive,” Ensign, July 2013, 68–69
Mediterranean Olive Trees
Plant name: Olea europaea
Plant type: evergreen, angiosperm (flowering)
Propagation: from softwood cuttings or seeds
Process for extracting oil: cleaning, crushing, and pressing
Olive trees can live a very long time. Some olive trees in the Near East are thought to be more than 2,000 years old.
If an olive tree is chopped down, it does not die, but new shoots come up from the roots.
Olive trees keep their leaves all year round.
Olive oil was used anciently for lamp oil, cooking oil, food, soap, religious ceremonies, and ointment for treating wounds.
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