Olive Trees
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Can I Eat The Olives From My Olive Tree

Zone W5 1LE | mjrichings added on November 15, 2019 | Answered

For the first time my olive has fruited prolifically. Some olives are green some brown and quite a few black They are quite small. I tried eating a black one and it was very bitter Will they get riper It is now mid November

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on November 16, 2019

They are bitter when eaten directly from the tree, as you know. They need to be cured before eating. Depending on the variety some are grown to press for oil, for brining (curing) and canning. Find a good recipe for brining before eating them.
They mature at different times on the tree.
These articles will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/olive/harvesting-olive-trees.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/olive/olive-tree-care-information.htm
http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/edibles/fruits/olives.html

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