Daily Archives: October 21, 2013

  • Israel’s 980-Year-Old Olive Tree Celebrated in ‘Days of the Olive Branch’ Festival

    Israel’s “Days of the Olive Branch” Festival, the 19th edition of the celebration of the Jewish state’s historic role in the olive and olive oil business, including playing host to the world’s oldest olive tree, kicked off this week in the Galilee, Israel’s Ma’ariv daily reported.

    The oldest olive tree, estimated by some to be 980 years old and by others to be 3,000 years old, is located in nearby Deir Hanna in the Lower Galilee region, and belongs to the family of Hassan Khatib, who lives in the village.

    Its circumference is 8.7 meters, as wide as eight people holding hands around it. The most surprising thing about the old tree is that it still produces about 20 kg of olive oil per year.

    “This tree is a living sculpture. Think how much oil this tree gave over the years. All the families it provided for” Dr. Ali Abbas, a member of the Israeli Plants Council, told Ma’ariv.

    Dr. Abbas said that historians once believed that Romans brought the olive tree to Israel, but the discovery of a 6,000-year-old press in Israel shows that the industry began in the Jewish state, before being exported to Greece, Italy and Spain, today, the world’s largest olive oil producers.

    Israel today produces 20,000 tons of olive oil each year, which is roughly equal to annual domestic consumption. Each Israeli consumes an average of 3 kg of oil per year. In Spain, average consumption is between 9 and 10 kg per person per year and, in Greece, it’s 24 kg.

    Olive oil is one of the most powerful natural antioxidants and contains a large amount of vitamin E.

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    Israel’s “Days of the Olive Branch” Festival, the 19th edition of the celebration of the Jewish state’s historic role in the olive and olive oil business, including playing host to the world’s oldest olive tree, kicked off this week in the Galilee, Israel’s Ma’ariv... 
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  • Battling with unhealthy hair? Use olive oil

    Granny’s old tradition of oiling hair is every girl’s favorite as it leaves the hair smooth and glossy but we all want to know, the best oil for our hair which will say goodbye to all hair issues and bless us with perfect locks so we bring to you the benefits of olive oil, which can keep several hair issues at bay in no time. Read on, to know them and get ready to flaunt beautiful tresses.

    Olive oil is said to be the best oil and advised by several celebrities and hair experts too. Well, if frizzy hair has been the cause of worry in your case and you feel helpless, keep stress aside and experiment with olive oil which will make your hair manageable and presentable by adding moisture to your locks. Yes, you read it right. Now, you need not make use of those pricey products that contain a whole lot of chemicals and damage your hair in the long run. Yes, they promise tall tales yet provide you with a temporary bliss so add olive oil to your daily hair care regimen and say goodbye to unmanageable, dry, frizzy hair.

    Split ends are another cause of worry among most people which make them lose their beloved hair. Yes, you feel you have no way but to get your hair cut but now you need not rush to a salon to get rid of your split ends by compromising with your hair length. All you need to do is pre heat olive oil and apply on your hair ends. Leave it for about an hour and rinse off. Make sure, you massage your hair ends well, before shampooing them. Repeat this method twice a week for best results.

    There are times, when our scalp problems leave us embarrassed in front of many and the reason is dandruff. Well, if you have been battling with dandruff and constant efforts have also done no good to you, it’s time for you to experiment with olive oil. Apply it on your scalp for an hour and wash off. Repeat this method thrice a week and you can step out with confidence and clear scalp, in no time.

    It’s time, you stop making a hole in your pocket by visiting salons for hair and scalp problems. You just need one product that will say goodbye to all your hair issues and yes to healthy, beautiful hair which you can flaunt with confidence, so update your regimen and bless your hair by spending time on hair care because you deserve glossy, beautiful locks.

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    Granny’s old tradition of oiling hair is every girl’s favorite as it leaves the hair smooth and glossy but we all want to know, the best oil for our hair which will say goodbye to all hair issues and bless us with perfect locks so we bring to you the benefits of olive... 
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    Olive Oil Industry Growing in Georgia

    On Highway 341 near Hawkinsville in Pulaski County, among the peanut and pecan farms, there’s a field of olive trees.

    Manse Jennings of Jennings Orchards says his grandfather once used the land for cows. Now he’s using the land to farm olives that can eventually be used to make olive oil.

    Currently, 98% of the United States’ olive oil is imported from other countries. Much of the U.S. production is in California, where Jennings got his trees from.

    Now, Georgia is beginning to grow its olive industry. There’s another olive farm further south in Lakeland, but Jennings’ orchard is one of the furthest north olives have been able to grow.

    This year, he harvested around 13,000 pounds of olives, and says that number could triple in a few years when the plant is fully matured.

    Jennings says the growing industry wouldn’t just benefit the Georgia economy, it would also provide people better quality olive oil. Jennings says European countries like Spain, Italy, and Greece often send over their lowest quality oil to the U.S. after saving the higher quality olives for themselves.

    Jennings says his olive farm won’t be profitable until a few years when the larger crop brings in money. He says for now, he’s focusing on getting the word out to the public about Georgia-grown olives.

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    On Highway 341 near Hawkinsville in Pulaski County, among the peanut and pecan farms, there’s a field of olive trees. Manse Jennings of Jennings Orchards says his grandfather once used the land for cows. Now he’s using the land to farm olives that can eventually be... 
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