Olive Tree | the most beautiful one in Spain 2013

“Olive oil cures all ills” (Spanish saying)

When was last time you were amazed by something so beautiful, so amazing, so impressive that you were an awe over it? Well, I just had that feeling this past Sunday when I had the chance to admire this authentic “Living Wood Cathedral” located just outside of our village Casabermeja, in “Carnicero” Valley.

Olive tree

Olive tree

This magnificent olive tree  stands impressive on three trunks of more than 6 meters in diameter each, and becomes in 2013 the first olive tree in Andalusia to  win the 7th  AEMO ( Spanish Association of Municipalities of the Olive Trees ) award for Spain’s Best Monumental Olive Tree. There’s something majestic about a single tree able to stand on its own for hundreds and hundreds of years. It looks like  a wise man living  the rise and death of many generations of  local farmers, surviving climate changing and  even persevered through the ardent progress of modern times.

Olive tree

Olive tree

Olive tree

Olive tree

Experts from the University of Cordoba have dated this magnificent olive tree at being over a thousand years old. Despite appearances, genetic studies have confirmed that the tree has a single root. The three trunks, although separated now, were formally branches from the same tree. On the other hand, they were not able to exactly identify the type of olives this tree produces. Although so incredibly old, the tree still produces today enough olives to press 1 liter of oil each year!

Watching this wonder of nature you can’t not ask yourself how many generations dipped bread in its “liquid gold”, how many passing people stopped to seek shelter from the burning Andalusian sun under its branches  and how much local history this tree had witnessed.  

Olive tree on the web:

Great article about some of the oldest trees in the world

 

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