A Unique Tree
The olive tree is a unique tree. They appear most everywhere in Israel, except for the desert regions. They are unique in several ways. First, they don’t loose their leaves. But additionally, in the fall harvest olives are either racked, beaten with a stick, and/or shaken off the tree. A large tarp is typically put on the ground to catch all the fallen olives. It is fun to watch how it is done.
In biblical days, olive oil was used to anoint kings, used in the Menorah lamps, eaten (of course), but also used in soaps and hygiene products.