Olive trees get old and gnarly, very old. But even as young trees they will appear weathered and rugged. This one year old tree already has a beautiful knot. It's bark is rough to the touch and looks dry. This aged characteristic of olive trees reminds me of the history of this tree. How throughout the ages it has come to symbolize ancient societies and simple pleasures. A token of an olive branch sends the message of peace and mutual understanding. Yet, does this tree even flower?
PS - olive harvests appear to be high around the world this fall. I think its a good omen.
I want to explore the olive fruit. Along the way I would like to interact and engage with fellow olive lovers.
As a young child my father had to pay me the equivalent of 25 cents before I tried my first olive. That bitter taste has only left me wanting more. Beyond a mere food, olives provide avenues to examine culture, poetry, lifestyle, farming, nutrition, recipes and more.
I want to take a simple walk through an olive grove and feel the magnitude.
Here is to more adventures. Cheers!