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The olive 


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The olive is one of the most significant plants of the Mediterranean basin. It was the principle source for thousands of years of edible oil to the people of this region. The family Oleaceae genus Olea contains about 35 species distributed widely from Africa to New Zealand. We house three of these here. The olive tree that we know today probably originated as a hybrid swarm in the mountains of the eastern Mediterranean.


Use GRIN Global to search for more information on Olea and the accessions in the National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS).




Questions about our olive collection can be directed to Jenny Smith


Links to non-federal olive related sites:


Desert Tropicals

 California Rare Fruit Growers

University of Georgia


Some information for this page was obtained from: Evolution of Crop Plants. N. W. Simmonds. Longman Group Limited. London and New York. 1976


 Crop Pages

Actinidia(kiwifruit)   Diospyros(persimmon)   Ficus(fig)    Juglans (walnut)   Olea(olives)   Morus (mulberry)   Pistacia(pistachio)   Prunus (peach, plum, apricot, cherry, almond, and related species)   Punica (pomegranate)   Vitis (grape) 


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