Olive Tree Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

Trivia questions with answers about olive trees and olives.


Olive Tree Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

The olive tree is a what?
A: Evergreen tree or shrub native to the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa.

How many cultivars of the olive tree, (Olea europaea), are there?
A: Hundreds.

What is an olive tree's fruit called?
A: Olives.

The olive is of major agricultural importance in what region?
A: The Mediterranean region as the source of olive oil.

The olive tree is short and squat, and rarely exceeds how many feet in height?
A:  26–49 feet.

The fruit is a small drupe that is about how long?
A:  0.39–0.98 inches long.

Olives are harvested when they are what color?
A: In the green to purple stage.


Canned black olives may contain chemicals that do what?
A: That artificially turn them black.

Olives contain a seed commonly referred to in American English as a what ?
A: Pit or a rock.

How many natural subspecies of Olea europaea trees are there?
A: Six.

An olive's cultivar has a significant impact on its what?
A: Color, size, shape, and growth characteristics, as well as the qualities of olive oil.

Olive cultivars may be used primarily for what?
A: Oil, eating, or both.

What are olives for consumption usually called?
A: Table olives.


The edible olive has been cultivated for at least how many years?
A: 5,000 to 6,000 years.

Most of the ancient evidence of olive cultivation has been found where?
A: In Syria, Palestine, and Crete.

Fossilized leaves of Olea were found in the palaeosols of what volcanic Greek island?
A: The island of Santorini.

Where were olives were grown commercially as far back as 3000 BC?
A: In Crete.

Olives may have been the source of the wealth of what civilization?
A: The Minoan.

Olives are not native to where?
A: The Americas.

Spanish colonists brought olives to the New World where its cultivation prospered in present-day what?
A: Peru and Chile.


In 1560, the first seedlings from Spain were planted in Lima by whom?
A:  Antonio de Rivera.

Olive tree cultivation spread along the valleys of South America's what?
A: Dry Pacific coast where the climate was similar to the Mediterranean.

In California, when did the Spanish missionaries establish the tree?
A: In the 18th century.

Where in California was it was first cultivated?
A: At Mission San Diego de Alcalá.

Orchards were started at other missions but in 1838 an inspection found how many olive orchards in California?
A: Two.

In Japan, when was the first successful planting of olive trees?
A: In 1908 on Shodo Island which became the cradle of olive cultivation.

What is the estimated number of olive trees in the world as of 2005?
A: There are about 865 million.


Where are the vast majority of these trees found?
A: In Mediterranean countries.

Olive oil has long been considered what?
A: Sacred.

The olive branch was often a symbol of what?
A: Abundance, glory and peace.

Today, olive oil is still used in many what?
A: Religious ceremonies.

Over the years, the olive has been the symbol of what?
A: Peace, wisdom, glory, fertility, power and purity.

The olive was one of the main elements in what type of ancient  cuisine?
A: Israelite.

The olive tree is one of the first plants mentioned in the what?
A: Hebrew Bible and in the Christian Old Testament.

It was an olive leaf that a dove brought back to Noah to demonstrate what?
A: That the flood was over.

The ancient Greeks used to smear olive oil on their bodies and hair as a matter of what?
A: Grooming and good health.