Following yesterday's post some more snaps from of the Mezquita olive tree in Cordoba. Look closely at the close up and you can see the small but growing olives. Some websites say the tree was planted in the 18th century.
the olive blog has been touring Andalusia. Today we start with a post from Cordoba where the magnificent Mezquita (Spanish for "mosque") cathedral is located. The site has been the location of a temple, a church, a mosque and now a cathedral. In the courtyard of the Mezquita is the olive tree pictured to the side and below. More snaps tomorrow.
John Steel's NY Times book review of William J. Bernstein's "A Splendid Exchange: How trade shaped the world", comments:
"The poor soil and scant rain of ancient Greece, for instance, meant that the terrain’s ability to grow grain was limited, but grape vines and olive trees grew in abundance. To export its wine and olive oil, Athens developed a pottery industry to supply the jars in which those products were transported. As Greek trade, and colonies, flourished across the length and breadth of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, naval power was needed to suppress piracy. To control choke points like the Dardanelles and Bosporus, which led to the rich grain lands of what is now Ukraine, the Athenian empire developed."