Olive Trees In Portugal

September 8, 2012 by  

Olive Trees In Portugal, Olives (azeitonas) are a major part of the Portuguese diet and as such there are a plethora of Olive trees dotted across the entire countryside. Most Portuguese homes with a garden or land will have one or more Olive tree to ensure home owners can create their own barrels of olives to be eaten through the year and to create the all important Olive Oil (Azeite).

Olive trees it is believed, were introduced to Portugal by the Romans and they have flourished ever since with both the fruit and the subsequent oil produced from the fruit being tasty and popular prerequisites to the Portuguese diet.

Olive trees are evergreen but do shed their silver grey leaves at intervals through the seasons, though not all at once. Olives are very hardy tree and are resistant to drought, disease and fire thanks to the tight root ball they have.

Olive Trees In Portugal

It is also thanks to this dense root ball olive trees, even old, mature ones, can be moved. It is common in Portugal for mature olive trees to be relocated, not cut down, in the event of a building being constructed.

To move Olive trees though it is best tackled in the autumn after the harvest. You will need to heavily prune the tree prior to uprooting as well as the services of a digger driver to lift the tree from it’s resting place and transport it to it’s new location.

Remember if you are moving an Olive tree you will need to ensure it gets plenty of water to the root ball for the first six months and it can be a fine balance between sufficient water and over watering. Spraying the tree itself will also help speed up it’s recovery from the shock of being moved.

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