While the drought rages on in California, Florida farmers are concentrating on one fruit in particular that you might not expect.  It’s considered a “potential cash crop that could feed local economies” and which grows well “in the sandy citrus soil.”  This “alternative crop” is olives, and they are coming onto the agriculture scene in a big way with their many uses and easy growth.

Cold-Resistant and Widely-Used

For everyone whose life’s work is farming, whose crops can fail for a number of reasons and which live and die by the unpredictable weather, everything is a gamble.  Demand for certain products fluctuates with new trends both in and out of the country, rain fails to fall for very long periods of time, pests bore their way into fruit and cause trouble.  This is why many have taken to growing some less-traditional crops, including olives.

Olives have been written about in historical texts so often that we know they’ve been a staple for centuries.  Also, they are fairly uniquitous, producing snacks, oils, and even “medicinal qualities.”  There aren’t an abundance of olive property specialists, with only a handful of commercial growers within Florida, but they seem confident in the potential for success.  This believe likely stems from, at least in part, the fact that the crop “creates minimal stress on the aquifer and has minimal pest issues.”  That’s enough reason to give it a try.

As a boon, olives can survive colder temperatures than many other products, even if it dips down as low as 15 degrees.  They are also known for their variety of benefits: “olive oil, a monosaturated fat… can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood, which can lower the risks of heart disease and stroke.”  American farms supply very little of the national consumption level, but the workers are still positive about the market and are continuing with their endeavors.

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