Cursed and maligned for its messy fruit and the pollen it produces, the olive tree seems to be finding a niche in Arizona, including Yuma.
PHOTO BY KURT NOLTE/YUMA COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
Crop of the Week: Olives.
• The olive is native to the Mediterranean region, tropical and central Asia and various parts of Africa. At a site in Spain, carbon-dating has shown olive seed found there to be 8,000 years old. Archeological evidence suggests that olives were being grown in Crete as long ago as 2,500 B.C.. Read Crop of the Week: Olives...