The Olive Tree by Carol DrinkwaterFifth volume in the bestselling Olive series by writer and actress Carol Drinkwater.
THE OLIVE TREE charts Carol Drinkwaters colourful and often dangerous journey in search of the routes that olive cultivation has taken over the centuries. Set during a springtime Mediterranean that is evocative and perennial, it is above all a tale of our time.
Troubled by challenges her own South of France farm is experiencing, Carol realises new approaches to farming are becoming essential.
Her quest takes her south through Spain, Morocco, Algeria and Italy before she finally returns to her farm.
Through her travels and vivid encounters, Carol confronts some of the critical issues of our time - land-care and the harsh realities of diminishing water reserves - and ends her momentous journey in the company of olive growers whose vision for the future is remarkable and ingenious.
Olive tree of Vouves
Facebook Twitter Email. CNN — It's a sight that's been greeting travelers for thousands of years. Here, shielded between two small mountain ranges, in a broad dry valley near the mouth of the Ebro River, olive groves stretch as far as the eye can see. And not just any olive trees: This area hosts the largest concentration of millenary olive trees not just in Spain but anywhere in the world. To qualify as one of these ancient olive trees, the diameter of the trunk has to be more than 3. More than 4, trees thought to be 1, years or older have already been located and cataloged, while many more may be waiting to be discovered.
Probably one of the oldest olive trees in the world, it still produces olives today. The exact age of the tree cannot be determined. The use of radioisotopes is not possible, as its heartwood has been lost down the centuries,  while tree ring analysis demonstrated the tree to be at least years old.
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250 years old Spanish Olive Tree on Al-Noor Island in Sharjah 28.04.2016
Some of the trees date all the way back to Roman times when the Romans first mastered the art of olive cultivation, allowing the Iberian peninsula to become the biggest producer in the Roman Empire. And that love costs lots of money! There are forty millennium olive trees on the plot, and plenty of younger ones too. Walking around with Augustin, we saw some of these beautiful trees, which were just about to bloom with the very first olive blossoms we visited the first week of May. The olives will form over the next months, until they are beautiful and green and ready for an early harvest towards the end of September. This grove is the essence of the Mediterranean.
The variety of olive tree growing in neat rows across Andalucia today is the Olea Europeae. It is sufficiently important to have inspired the Junta de Andalucia Regional Government to track every commercial tree. In fact each one has its own GPS co-ordinates and is carefully monitored by regional officials to ensure correctness for EU subsidies. Spain is undoubtedly the world leader when it comes to olive production. This country dedicates 2.