WILD OLIVE TREES LOOK LIKE BUSHES
regular olive tree below left, wild olive tree below right
A few years ago I purchased a sizeable plot of land in rural southern Greece, primarily for its location and panoramic view. My relatives who lived in the nearby village said I had paid too much money for the ten acres of land, considering it did not have anything but wild olive trees; being farmers, they could not justify a " perfect view" in their minds as a good enough reason to overpay. If the land could not yield a profit by way of containing fig trees, or pear trees, or orange trees (these being the most common crop in the region), or at the very least regular (non-wild) olive trees, then it was not worth spending any money on it.
My intention had always been to build either a log cabin or a luxury home on the apex of this land. While I have not yet gotten around to doing so, I know that one day I will wake up gazing that glorious view this piece of property provides. In the meantime, however, I have on numerous occasions taken advantage of the wild olives grown (naturally) on this land, and every year I collect many jars worth of wild olives and consume them daily as pills. I also make paste from them and spread them on home made whole wheat bread for a rock solid breakfast (my wife adds flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds and oats to the bread). Since I started eating wild olives my energy level had sky rocketed, and it may or may not be a coincidence that our daughter was conceived upon commencing this diet.
My cholesterol, blood sugar level, and blood pressure are super! Nothing in my regiment has changed save for ingesting wild olives, therefore I can empirically deduce that my great health is due to the incorporation of this element. In fact, last year I ran out of wild olives, and I noticed a considerable drop in my physical well being. Could this be a placebo effect? Had I persuaded myself subconsciously that wild olives were the reason for feeling stronger, more vibrant and resistant to falling ill (I caught a bad cold during the time I was not taking my "wild olive pills"). This past season I started eating wild olives again and - lo and behold - I was back to peak performance despite the "hectic" sleep-depriving lifestyle any and all new parents undergo. My strength returned and my weightlifting training (i.e., my strength) went back to what it was the year before when I had been eating wild olives.
Another benefit I noticed from the wild olives is that it wasn't just my body feeling great, my mind was more alert as well. There was further anecdotal evidence I could not ignore. Specifically, my cousin developed a condition where she would bleed during stool sessions. Her bowels were inspected yet doctors could not diagnose what was wrong with her and suggested she experiment with her diet. They recommended an anti-inflammatory diet, and her mother asked me to send her some wild olives since I had been praising my health to my aunt and recommended her husband eat some wild olives for his own brand of ailment (fatigue and heart condition). I picked a big batch of wild olives this past olive season (late November to mid-January) and sent my cousin about 2 kilos of wild olives. I told her to take one in the morning and one at night every day. Her bleeding stopped, this is certain, what is not known is whether her condition improved due to the wild olives or other aspects of her diet that was altered. Too many coincidences to overlook the possibility that wild olives have extreme health benefits.
At any rate, since ancient times wild olives have been used in Greece for medicinal purposes and the health benefits have been uncontested. The problem is that modern society has become too dependent on pharmaceuticals (which ironically are often made from natural substances that have become rare and hard to find, e.g. a particular species of seaweed that's found only off the coast of northern Morocco). In a like vein, everyone rushed to either convert their wild olive trees or rip them from the earth in order to plant regular olive trees or other crops. The end result is this: now that wild olives are in demand, there are practically none to be found. You cannot plant a wild olive tree, it has to grow on its own. I am extremely fortunate to be the owner of 17 wild olive trees on my land, and 9 wild olive trees growing on my parents' property. That's 26 trees that yield crop annually (as opposed to regular olive trees that only provide crop every two years).
There are hundreds, if not a couple or thousand wild olives on every wild olive tree, so I have more than enough "magic pills" for my personal consumption (I've began force-feeding these to members of my immediate family two years ago). Its an acquired taste, and my parents and wife don't like the bitter taste. I tell them, "don't eat it for flavour, you can have a slice of pizza for your taste buds, eat it like you would a vitamin pill." They take out the pit, and swallow the wild olive whole washing it down with a glass of water. My wife got pregnant (not that she would not have) and she too rarely gets sick despite not eating a very balanced diet and ALWAYS going out with the wrong outfit (i.e. a t-shirt when its cold, no umbrella when its raining..I tease her about that, telling her she is "attire-challenged" lol).
I don't want to write a book about the topic, suffice it to say that my wild olives are pesticide free, and I do not have an irrigation system, so whatever watering they receive comes from rainfall alone. As pure and natural as it can get!
I know for a fact that I have the most number of biological wild olive trees in the region, a region which is world famous for its grade "A" extra virgin olive oil. I can support this proclamation because, as author of this site (the olivetree123 almanac), I tour the area extensively in search of ancient olive trees to record in my online inventory. What I find 99% of the time is newly levelled fields planted with young (regular) olive trees. ROWS AND ROWS of NON-BIOLOGICAL olive trees getting sprayed bi-annually (sometime three times a year) with harsh toxic chemicals (but that's another topic).
The point I am labouring to make is that I am one of the very few, if not the only, wild olive tree owners who simultaneously does not soak his land with pesticides. Seeing is believing, and because anyone can make outlandish claims, I am inserting herein photos showcasing my prized possession, namely my wild olive tree grove. Unlike everyone else in the region, I kept my wild olives, and any new ones sprouting I make sure to leave intact as well. How wrong the farmers where I reside were to get rid of all the wild olive trees in their property!!
I will be seeking to export my spare wild olives stock to gourmet chefs of Michelin star restaurants around the world. Supply is obviously limited and understandably its a "first come first serve" basis. If you want this divine organic compound, which grows in a prime location, and has the added benefit of being 100% biological, you'll have to make your order with no hesitation because this is not a product that can be manufactured to meet demand. At the same time, there is no way to fool you by sending you regular olives instead of wild ones. It is extremely simple to tell the difference (wild olives are one-third the size of regular olives, they look like the pit of regular olives) and I am grateful and proud to be able to offer you the best of the best (albeit not in unlimited quantity…unfortunately!)
History of the Wild Olive
It is speculated that the use of the wild olive extends as far back in history as the Neolithic Period, more than 8000 years ago!
Given its reference as liquid gold in Homeric texts, oil derived from the wild fruit was highly prized as a remedy for burned skin wounds and stomach and liver pains in both Western and Eastern cultures.
In alleviating sores and chills and in strengthening the skin and muscles, the medicinal uses of olives have been extensively documented throughout antiquity; wild olives were also applied to ward off headaches, and the juice produced by wild olives was found efficacious in the treatment of ulcers.
In the Middle Ages, wild olives continued to be used in medicinal ointments and in applications against infections. This trend continued into the Renaissance, during which the health properties of the wild olive were recognized and used in a broader range against pathologies including heart conditions and diabetes.
What's certain is that for centuries, past generations relied on the land to provide antibiotics and natural cures. Even though modern medicine treats many of our ills, there will always be a place for natural cures.
For overall good health, natural substances which contain antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-cancer agents should be consumed on a regular basis. It goes beyond good nutrition, for instance a diet comprised of broccoli is great, but if you are seeking medicinal edibles, there are special foods that can be eaten fresh, powdered, or dried as a spice. You can also consume it as an extract, oil, capsule, lozenge, or tincture. As an antibiotic, the wild olive acts as a potent anti-inflammatory and a decent general-purpose pain reliever.
Due to its antimicrobial properties, a wild olive can also prevent harmful pathogens from entering your digestive system. The wild olive is also a good antibiotic because of its antiviral and antifungal properties.
Wild olives help reduce the symptoms of many conditions, including acne, arthritis, and gout; they also provide a good dose of probiotics. Wild olives are a fermented food, but that also means they're rich in Lactobacillus, a kind of gut-friendly bacteria.
Wild olives can treat the common cold, infections, and parasites. Taking wild olives as a supplement may help protect both the interior body and the skin against harmful bacteria.
The wild olive works as one of the best natural antibiotics for the common cold. Studies show that using wild olives as a supplement can reduce the severity of cold symptoms by up to 50 percent. Other natural antibiotic uses include: ear infections, athlete’s foot, sinus infections, and hay fever.
Studies show that chewing wild olive tree leaves effectively kill off bacteria, gingivitis, and plaque, which may help reduce inflammation of the gums. In one study, a homemade mouth rinse consisting of cloves and wild olive tree leaves killed a greater number of oral bacteria than store-bought mouth rinse!
Besides its natural antibacterial properties, the extract helps boost circulation, reduce joint inflammation, and protect our skin from UV damage. The bonus here is that my wild olive tree leaves do not contain traces of pesticide!!!
Regular olives (as well as wild olives) are too bitter to be eaten right off the tree and must be cured to reduce their intrinsic bitterness. Water curing, brine curing, and lye curing are the most common treatment processes for olives, and each of these treatments affects not only the color and composition of the olives, but the medicinal properties as well.
This is why wild olives should be consumed straight off the tree. Even though they are bitter (an acquired taste actually, they taste great to me!) they are so small, they need not be chewed, simply swallowed like a tiny pill, with or without a glass of water to wash them down. Once the digestive juices begin breaking down the olive, a slue of chemicals are released into the bloodstream. It is much more beneficial to consume unprocessed wild olives than regular olives that have been cured in brine
While dozens of health-protective nutrients have been identified in olives, studies have shown that there are trade-offs that occur during olive ripening and olive curing. For instance, there is decreased oleuropein with advanced stages of olive ripening and processing. Alternately, in wild olives, there are increased amounts of anthocyanins— which is a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
Hydroxytyrosol, an olive phytonutrient that has long been linked to cancer prevention, and which is now regarded as having the potential to help us prevent bone loss as well, is found in high concentrations within wild olives. Several recent laboratory animal studies have found increased depositing of calcium in bone and decreased loss of total bone mass following consumption of this olive phytonutrient (as well as oleuropein, another key phytonutrient found in olives, and particularly in wild olives).
It is well known and a scientific fact by now that consumption of a Mediterranean Diet is associated with decreased risk of osteoporosis, since olives often find themselves on centre stage in Mediterranean Diet studies. However, the advent of a new dietary practice, namely introducing wild olives to one's eating regime, provides even further benefits.
Specifically in traditional herbal medicine practices, preparations from olives and olive leaves have often been used in treatment of inflammatory problems, including allergy-related inflammation.
Olive extracts have now been shown to function as anti-histamines at a cellular level. By blocking special histamine receptors (called H1 receptors), unique components in olive extracts may help to lessen a cell's histamine response. Because histamine is a molecule that can get overproduced in allergy-related conditions and can be a key player in the inflammatory process, it's likely that the anti-inflammatory benefits we get from olives involve this anti-histamine pathway.
Wild olives may indeed have an even greater role to play as part of an overall anti-allergenic diet.
A natural product that might make your wrinkles disappear! Treating wrinkles is practically impossible, despite what make-up companies advertise.
There are many available products that promise to return your face to a wrinkle-free state, but most of them are costly and full of undesirable added substances.
We all know that nothing can stop the aging process, not even so-called “miraculous” ingredients.
My proposed method for treating wrinkles does not attempt to stop the aging process, but to reverse it a little or, in some cases, a lot.
Eating two wild olives a day might enable you to do just that. It is all natural (no chemicals or preservatives), you can easily source the ingredients because it is a whole natural food!
Eating wild olives also slows down the appearance of those first aging lines on your beautiful face. Any woman over 30 is going to love this. And when you consider the positive side-effects, i.e. the myriad of health benefits, you really can't afford not to try this natural safe method.
I do not want to flood the reader with information regarding the properties and benefits of consuming wild olives. There is ample evidence and for anyone interested in obtaining a comprehensive understanding the following link contains a series of scientific studies:
The purpose of this webpage is to offer visitors the opportunity to obtain pure wild olives, straight from my trees to your home. You can eat them like you would take a pill (two per day), or if you would like to try my breakfast wild olive paste, here's the recipe below. I am making available a kilo's worth batch of wild olive paste, but understandably the price of the wild olives as well as the postage fee is steeper.
- Saute 10 wild olives in a pan.
- Once the wild olives liquify, carefully remove the tiny pits; its ok if you miss some, the pits are good for digestion however be careful not to bite any of them and risk cracking a tooth. The wild olive pits, in fact, are easily cracked if you bite them, unlike regular olive pits which can cause damage (and have chipped a tooth of mine).
- Spread the sautéed wild olive paste over your favourite type of bread. If you eat this with a boiled egg you won't be hungry until lunch time, which makes for a good weight loss albeit nutritious breakfast program