- Olive trees can live to more than 100 years old. In fact, there’ said to be a tree in the Greek Island of Crete that’s more than 3,000 years old!
- Plant densities in traditionally farmed areas are usually 100 olive trees to a hectare
- Careful hand-picking or gently knocking the olives from the tree is the oldest and least harmful harvesting method for both the tree and olives. The olives fall into nets on the ground for collection and they must not hit the ground as to not be affected by water or dirt.
- Older trees have their roots deeper in the earth and therefore less susceptible to disease and drought
- Lower density groves means that trees get adequate sunlight which is essential to the plant’s ability to slower and produce fruit.
All About Olive Oil by the Australian Olive Oil Association. This site will guide you through everything you need to know about olive oil, from production, through varieties and types to the final use at your family dinner table.