Olives are the fruits of the olive tree
which is indigenous to the Mediterranean countries but also
cultivated nowadays in other areas, even in America and
Australia. There are many different kinds of olives. Some are
used only for making oil, while others are for eating and these
are usually large in size. There are also some varieties which
are used for both oil and consumptions. The tree blossoms in
spring (April – May) and shortly afterwards, the olive fruit
start to grow. They are a bright green color to begin with and
this lasts until the point when they ripen. This point varies
amongst the different types of olive but usually it is around
the end of autumn.
The olive is drupe, in other words, a fruit
with a fleshy skin enclosing a stone and either circular or oval
in shape. Olive oil is the natural juice of the olive, a pure
product which is obtained with machinery or by natural means.
The oil of the olive is found in the pericart, the fleshy part
of the fruit.
There is a great difference between olive
oil and seed oil when looking at its make-up and how it is
obtained. Seed oil is produced from various seeds put through
chemical procedures. Olive oil is only from the olive and is
made in a totally natural way.