The olive tree is the fruit of the olive tree (Olea europea), a small tree with a contorted trunk of the Oleaceae family, which grows very slowly and can live up to a thousand years.
Olives are known for their health benefits and virtues.
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The olive and its health benefits
It is above all because of its oil that the olive is presented as a healthy food par excellence, recognized for its incomparable nutritional qualities.
Packed with vitamin E and polyphenols, olive oil is a natural antioxidant that helps our body fight the free radicals that attack our cells and accelerate their aging.
The regular consumption of olive oil has a favorable action against cardiovascular diseases by promoting “good” cholesterol and reducing the level of “bad” cholesterol.
Olive leaf infusion lowers blood pressure and helps limit associated disorders: headaches, dizziness and ringing in the ears.
Olive leaf promotes diuresis, reduces edema and decreases blood urea levels. It is effective in people suffering from heart or kidney failure.
The olive leaf also has an interesting glycemic action for people suffering from hypertension and diabetes.
In case of liver failure, olive oil promotes the flow of bile and activates the intestinal functions thanks to its emollient and laxative virtues. It is recommended in cases of hepatic colic and to help evacuate gallstones.
- Fine and penetrating, olive oil serves as an excipient for quantities of liniments, ointments and pharmaceutical products.
- For external use, olive oil mixed with egg white immediately relieves the pain of a burn and promotes healing. It is also very effective in case of sunburn.
Olive growing for its benefits
- The olive tree can grow almost anywhere, but it will not bear fruit in the cooler regions, as it does not resist well to temperatures below -10° C. It needs to be exposed to the south and protected from strong winds.
- It can thrive in the roughest of soils but prefers deep, well-drained and rather calcareous soils.
- The olive tree only bears fruit after ten or fifteen years – it’s better to get big themes!
- If you want to grow the olive tree in pots, you must know that it has a powerful root system that requires great planters. You will have to repot your tree over the years in larger and larger containers.
The olive tree in the kitchen for its benefits
Green or black, olives are identical fruits. Their difference in color corresponds to the harvesting period: green is harvested before maturity, between September and October, and black is harvested when ripe, in December.
You should know that green olives contain slightly fewer calories than black olives.
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The nutritional intake of the olive
Approximately 150 kcal/100 g. The olive is rich in calcium, organic acids and vitamins.
Nowadays, olive oil is very present in our daily diet.
Choose an extra virgin olive oil to ensure a strictly controlled manufacturing process and strict taste criteria.
While French oils have a reputation for being powerful and fruity, Spanish oils are acidic and fragrant, while Italian oils are sweet and elegant.
As for the Tunisian and Greek olive oils, they are constantly improving.
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