13 Crazy Facts You Didn’t Know About Olive Oil

You constantly hear about how is great for your health so we searched our noted and decided to summarise all facts under one roof! Here are # that we bet you didn’t know about olive oil and how it changes your perception about this ancient ingredient.

  1. Amazingly enough, the 95% of all olive oil production happens to be in the Mediterranean – Greece, Italy, Spain are the largest producers, worldwide.
  2. It takes 11 pounds (4 kilos) of olives need to be pressed and extract 1 kilogram of olive oil
  3. Olive oil contains NO sodium, cholesterol, and IS carbohydrate-free.
  4. The average life span of an olive tree is between 300 and 600 years. The oldest tree in the world is in Crete and it is dated more than 4,000 years old! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_tree_of_Vouves)
  5. Olives are fruit, not vegetables
  6. As a fruit, when they first appear on the tree they start out green and then turn black as they ripen.
  7. On average, the world consumes approximately 2.25 million tons of olive oil each year. Only the U.K has the lowest consumption of less than 1 liter…per year.
  8. Due to its antioxidants, if you bake a cake, pie, or bread and you substitute the butter or fat with olive oil, it will last longer!
  9. “Cold Extraction” that you see in many bottles of olive oils, means that factories are processing olives below 30 Degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) which is the best way to maintain their flavor, aroma and oxidation at optimum levels, so you get the best product possible.
  10. I guess that these cities must have or had a lot of olives, as there are three towns and one city in the U.S. that are named “Olive Branch.”
  11. Of all the olive oil produced in the world, Spain has the largest production. Ever.
  12. During the ancient Olympics, the winning athletes were crowned with an olive branch – no money, no sponsorships, no fancy clothes – just an olive branch and fame across the ancient empire. During the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, this old tradition was brought back to life. Over 2,550 olive branches were utilized to revive this tradition – happy days for the olive producers, sad day for the trees.
  13. Seven nations, four U.S. States and the United Nations, have an olive branch in their flags.
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