Olive

Latin name: Olea europaea
Location: Plot at Platform 1
What it looks like: A small evergreen tree with slender grey branches and narrow leaves that are a mid-dark green on top and a grey-yellow underneath
History: Olive trees have been around for over 6000 years and originated in Turkey and Mediterranean countries. 
How to eat it: Wait until the olives are ripe and black and they can be eaten straight off the tree. You can also eat the olive tree leaves raw or make them into a tea.
More information: An olive tree on the island of Crete is thought to be 3000 years old! In Roman times people would literally ‘hold out an olive branch’ as a sign of peace following war defeats, which is where the phrase originates that we still use today.

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