To extend an olive branch – Volume (7) – (Article 7 of 8)Magalies Citrus
by Dr. Marli Botha
The term “to extend an olive branch” means to make an offer of peace or reconciliation. Something that someone does in order to show that they want to stop arguing. The olive branch is often used as a sign meaning peace.
Here are 7 interesting facts about olives:
- Olives are small fruits that grow on olive trees (Olea europaea).
- They belong to a group of fruit called drupes, or stone fruits, and are related to mangoes, cherries, peaches, almonds, and pistachios.
- Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are good for the heart and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer.
- The healthy fats in olives are extracted to produce olive oil, one of the key components of the incredibly healthy Mediterranean diet.
- Olives are often enjoyed in salads, sandwiches, and tapenades. The average olive weighs about 3–5 grams.
- Some immature olives are green and turn black when they ripen. Others remain green even when fully ripe.
- In the Mediterranean region, 90% of olives are used to make olive oil.