Yes, you heard right. The olive has its own holiday on which it can be honored or even worshiped. National Olive Day takes place on June 1st of each year. But it’s actually not that surprising, because it can be used in a variety of ways. It is not for nothing that it is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.
Olives in secular cuisine
As a true superfood, olives have a high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids, minerals, folic acid and pantothenic acid. They also contain numerous vitamins (A, B1, B12 and E).
We know our olive, which is particularly popular today, not only as an oil, but also in delicious salads and as a garnish for dishes, mostly from southern countries such as Italy, Greece or Turkey.
In many kitchens these days it is simply impossible to imagine life without it.
Like the cherry on the cream cake …
… the olive is also the icing on the cake in a martini. This alcoholic drink is served with a green olive on a skewer, which floats directly in the glass.
Olives in cosmetics and hair / skin care
And that’s not all, olive products are also wonderfully suitable for skin and hair care, where they are used as the main ingredient in shampoos, hand creams or shower gels as well as for sun protection. Many other cosmetic products, which are actually intended to enhance the visual appearance, contain olive oils and extracts to additionally care for the body.
National Olive Day : Origins of the National Olive Day
The day of the olive is actually not that old. In 2016 it was brought to life by the US web portal nationaldaycalendar.com in cooperation with the food company Food match and its Divina brand. Establishing a company with special holidays is hardly surprising if you look towards Valentine’s Day, for example. What is much more surprising in our opinion, however, is that this did not happen much earlier.
Historical background of the olive
The olive tree through time
The olive tree could be native to Asia Minor where it would have developed wildly more than 14,000 years ago. Its expansion is strongly correlated with the appearance of the Mediterranean climate.
The cultivation of the olive tree is said to have emerged in Crete between 3500 and 5000 BC. Then, with the development of trade and conquests, it spread throughout the Mediterranean basin (Italy, Spain, France, Morocco, etc.). With the discovery of the “New World” in 1492, the olive tree reached America (Argentina, Peru, Chile, Mexico, California). Nowadays, it is also found in Australia and Japan.
The olive tree, the symbolism
The multitude of symbols that the olive tree represents reflects its universal dimension and its importance throughout history.
- Symbol of peace and reconciliation: the olive branch is chosen to signify to Noah the end of the flood.
- Symbol of strength: the olive tree is known to be compact, heavy and very hard.
- Symbol of victory: During the Olympic Games in Athens, the winners received as gifts olive wreaths and jars of olive oil.
- Symbol of longevity and hope: the olive tree is an “eternal” tree that crosses time easily; there are ancient olive trees. The green color of its evergreen foliage is a sign of hope.
10 good reasons to eat olives
Good for memory, to keep the figure and even for the micro-circulation of the skin, the olive has many benefits. Discover them.
Aglandau, Grossane, Tanche, Picholine… There are many varieties of olives that can be tasted as an aperitif or that we cook as a starter or main course. We can even consume olive oil , but did you know that it is above all rich in antioxidants ? Thanks to them, eating olives helps keep your body in top shape! Quickly discover the benefits of the olive!
- It is rich in polyphenols – Polyphenols are antioxidants that protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
- It is a slimming ally – Eating 5/6 olives a day stimulates fat burning.
- It helps to digest
- It helps fight against macular degeneration – Thanks to vitamin A and E which also fight against cataracts and glaucoma.
- It improves memory
- It reduces wrinkles – By improving the microcirculation of the skin.
- It lowers the level of “bad” cholesterol
- It protects against ultraviolet rays
- It strengthens the immune system Thanks to vitamin E
- It is rich in calcium and magnesium