There are many olives varieties in Egypt. The fruits can be harvested green (Unripe) or fully ripened to black, or any stage in between. The key to olives’ flavor, color and texture is the moment of harvesting. Olives should be processed before eating. Extracting oil from olives became an important industry because olive oil has proven its importance in lowering the risks of heart disease, reducing hypertension and stroke. Olive oil also protects the body against oxidants and decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes. Besides its health importance, olive oil is recommended to get healthy hair, nails and skin. Olives’ season in Egypt begins from August until the end of November. Olives could be stored up to 12 months except for Tofahy type.
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