About the Olive Tree of the Holy Land
The olive tree is native to the Holy Land where it has been cultivated since ancient times. According to historians, the first olive groves took root in the Holy Land and along the coast of the eastern Mediterranean around 4,000 B.C. The olive tree is a slow growing tree and can live for many hundreds of years. Once the tree reaches the approximate age of 200 years or so, the trunk disappears and new shoots develop at the base of the trunk. Eventually, these shoots will grow into a new tree. This ability of the olive tree to be regenerative has led some to refer to it as the “immortal tree.” The people of the Holy Land protect olive trees and rarely ever cut them down. The wood from which your pen is made comes from the trimming of branches, a yearly activity designed to improve the overall health and productivity of living trees. No trees were killed or harmed to gather the wood used to make your pen.
The Benefits of Holy Land Olives
In the middle of October, which is olive harvest season, the people of the Holy Land pick the fruit from their olive trees. They squeeze some for oil and cure others to make jarred preserved olives to eat over the coming year. The consumption of olives makes good nutritional sense. Olives are a naturally cholesterol free food that have zero trans fats and zero saturated fat. They are a good natural source of monounsatured, or “good,” fats which can act to further reduce cholesterol levels. Olives also contain polyphenols, which are substances that are believed to help prevent certain types of cancer. These compounds are what give olives their distinctive taste and aroma. In addition, one of the polyphenols found in olives is thought to act as an anti-inflammatory. On top of all that goodness, olives are also rich in Vitamin E, an important anti-oxidant and contributor to immune system health.
The Christian Significance of Holy Land Olive Trees
The olive tree has both sentimental and religious significance to all nations and all religions. This is especially true for Christians because of the numerous Biblical references to the olive tree. Within the Bible, the olive tree is referred to as a symbol of fertility and prosperity. In addition, it is said that the olive tree is a symbol of peace in reference to the Old Testament telling of the story of Noah. After the Great Flood, a dove was released by Noah to see if land could be found. The dove returned with a branch of the olive tree, bearing testimony to the presence of dry habitable land and also signifying that God’s wrath had abated and that peace would reign over the land once again. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it is noted that Jesus prayed underneath an olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane after the last supper. In this way, the olive was an integral part of the last hours of the life of Jesus as a mortal man on Earth.
Making A Piece of the Holy Land Yours Forever
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is one of the life long goals of many Christian people. However, due to ongoing security concerns and the high cost of foreign travel and lodgings, many Christians may not feel comfortable making such a journey at this time. However, until conditions change, owning and using this pen can bring a part of the Holy Land into your daily life with ease and security.