Olives

“A hundred years from now it won’t matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove . . . but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

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Did you know that you can’t eat olives straight off the tree? I mean I’m sure those of you from Turkey, Israel, or other olive growing regions found this one out long ago, but if you are like me and have never seen an olive tree before, you may not have ever thought about it. As we were cycling along the coast we noticed orchards of trees with many people hitting them with long wooden poles while others were collecting the small round things from the ground. After visiting a local market where they were selling olives by the bucket, we realized that that’s what they must have been harvesting. Sure enough, we were passing through a famously rich olive growing region in south western Turkey.

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