Food & Wine The Secret Life of Olive Trees by Annie September 30, 2018 written by Annie September 30, 2018 A lot has been said about olives and most of it has to do with extra virginity.So imagine my surprise and shock to discover that olives actually have sex! Well, not the olives … But let it suffice to say that having never considered the intimacy of olive trees, I was flabbergasted to discover that olive trees are either male or female. So how does one go about distinguishing the machos from the maidens? First of all the females are slimmer and more silvery in color; the male trees are bigger, stronger, have more vegetation and are a darker shade of green. You can also tell the sex of the trees by the shape of their fruit: the male olives are longer and pointy whereas the female ones are more rotund. Is this starting to sound familiar? The correct proportion of males to females is one in ten (a male olive tree world? . . this doesn’t seem fair) but then again pollination occurs by means of the wind. I am however, deeply disappointed. Is there nothing sacred anymore? My perception of olive groves – with those wise, ancient and austere beings – has now been shattered forever! 0 comment 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail previous post Italian Peach Varieties next post Decorated Dumpsters Related Posts Health Benefits of Wine October 6, 2020 Rome’s Best Cappuccino July 18, 2020 VideoNote: Rita’s Involtini Recipe March 19, 2020 Summer recipe: Pomodori al Riso July 26, 2019 La Roveja, che zuppa! April 11, 2019 Italian Peach Varieties July 24, 2018 Mozzafiato Lenticchie di Castelluccio July 16, 2018 Girlfriend’s Recipe: Orecchiette e Broccoletti September 30, 2017 Erotic, Etruscan Chocolate September 30, 2017 Italy Earthquake Aid? Spaghetti Can Help August 29, 2016 Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.