Celebrating World Olive Day on 26 November

by Darrell Spivey
Texas olive oil and branch

November 26th is earmarked in our calendars as one of the most memorable days of the year. It is World Olive Day. The olive tree has a rich and vibrant history throughout time. Considered a sacred tree, and in many cultures, it is regarded as a gift from the gods. Let’s take a look at why this day is celebrated and the history of Texas olive oil. 

olive trees

The 26th of November is a day to celebrate the wonderful olive tree. Following the International Olive Council's (IOC) proposal, this day was declared World Olive Day, and in 2019 it was introduced to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. IOC is the world's only global intergovernmental organization dedicated to olive oil and table olives was established in Madrid under the umbrella of the United Nations in 1959.


The holiday aims to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the olive tree and its products. The IOC and other governing bodies have proposed that these historically significant trees not only pay homage to the past but also serve to sustain the future. This adaptable crop promotes oxygen production and CO2 absorption.

olives

We wouldn't have the pleasure of cooking with extra virgin Texas olive oil if it weren't for the auspicious olive tree. It is one of the most revered ingredients in the world, used by chefs from west to east. It is a flavor that commands attention and delivers on every ounce of flavor.


This golden liquid has a conflicting history, with some claiming it originated in Ancient Egypt and others claiming it originated in Greece. The stories of how it is made are the same regardless of location. The lands from which this tree originated have an ancient bond with the fruit and the extra virgin olive oil that it produces, regardless of culture, race, creed, or country. This bond has stood the test of time, and thousands of years later are still blessing nations and propelling local economies. 

The oldest tales of EVOO production involve large mechanical presses made with ancient technologies and a keen eye for physics and mechanical genius. The fruit was crushed using large, heavy stones. In today's age, the fruits are crushed using large presses under certain temperatures to ensure that the resulting Texas Olive oil is perfect down to the last drop that is extracted. 


At the Texas Hill Country Olive Co., we celebrate every drop of golden liquid we extract. From the softest, butteriest varieties to those with peppery and herbaceous undertones. Each bottle is handcrafted with love and care, just as our forefathers would have done.


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