Thursday, January 7, 2010

Queen Creek Olive Mill

I had heard quite a few nice things about the Olive Mill in Queen Creek, Arizona. My Mom flew into the smaller airport in the east valley. I figured that this was a good chance to get over the Olive Mill and check it out. It was fabulous. We learned all sorts of neat details about olives. Did you know that olive trees live for thousands of years? Wow! 1 ton of olives makes about 30-35 gallons of olive oil. And, black olives are not naturally black and are treated with lye in order to tame down the actual taste of the olive. This so makes sense, but I guess I had never really thought about it before.

From Wikipedia:
Olive trees are very hardy, drought-, disease- and fire-resistant, and can live for a very long time. Its root system is very robust and capable of regenerating the tree even if the above-ground structure is destroyed. The older an olive tree is, the broader and gnarlier its trunk appears. Many olive trees in the groves around the Mediterranean are said to be several centuries old, and in some cases this has been verified scientifically.

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