Inspired by her Syrian forebears''
intimate relationship with the olive, Julie Angus embarks on a
voyage around the Mediterranean to unlock the secrets of the fruit
that meant so much to them. Accompanied by her husband and their
ten-month-old son, Angus collects samples from ancient trees to
determine where the first olive tree originated; feasts on inky
black tapenades and codfish drizzled with olive oil, among many
other delights; witnesses the harvesting of olives in Greece; and
visits perhaps the oldest olive tree in the world, on Crete. The
result is a fascinating history and biography of this most
influential and irresistible fruit.