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'The olive tree was first cultivated in 6,000 B.C. The fruit of the olive tree is called the olive. Olives can be eaten whole after they are cured and they also produce olive oil when crushed'
 
'Olive trees can live up to 600 years or more. Olives were traditionally harvested by hand picking or beating the tree with sticks. Modern harvesting methods include tree shakers and harvesters, which vibrate or 'comb' the tree to collect the fruit'
 
'Green olives harvested early produce a green oil, while ripe olives harvested later in the season produce a more yellow oil. Olive Oil contains a wide range of important antioxidants that are not found in other oils'
 
'Of all the olive oil produced in the world it is estimated that only 10 percent is 'extra virgin'. This is the best grade of olive oil available and is the healthiest olive oil you can eat'
 
'Olive oil contains no cholesterol and is a good source of Vitamin E. It contains more monounsaturated fatty acids than any other fat or oil. Using olive oil in place of saturated fats as the main fat in your diet will reduce cholesterol levels'
 
'Olive oil is the healthy substitute for any fat or oil used in any recipe. You can bake with olive oil - Just substitute it for the fat called for in the recipe. You can fry with olive oil - Olive oil coats the food instead of being absorbed. It also contains anti-oxidants and can be reused many times more than other fats and oils before being discarded'
 
 
 
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