NATIONAL OLIVE DAY
National Olive Day on June 1st each year celebrates one of the world’s oldest fruits. The olive is part of a traditional meze/tapas culinary experience that brings families and friends around the table rather than in the kitchen sharing time together. Another symbol we receive from this delicious fruit is the olive branch. As a symbol of peace, hope, love and friendship, it’s another excellent reason to celebrate the day and acknowledge the joy this little fruit provides.
Olives are used in many ways. We find them in cocktails and loaves of bread. We eat them whole as snacks, use them as toppings, include them on relish trays and even use them as a garnish for many foods. They are one of the most versatile foods we eat.
Around the world, approximately 500 different varieties of olives are cultivated. Their flavors range from sweet to bitter and also come in a range of colors and sizes, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOliveDay
Share your favorite types of olives. While you’re sharing, include recipes you enjoy, too. Take photos of your favorite way to eat olives and post them on social media using #NationalOliveDay.
NATIONAL OLIVE DAY HISTORY
Divina founded National Olive Day in 2015 as a way to share the culinary history and traditions of this amazing food.
In July of 2015, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on June 1st, annually.
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