The Olive in California: History of an Immigrant Tree

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A symbol of peace, strength, and nourishment, the olive tree has been imbued with a sense of history, place, and charm since its earliest cultivation in the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean. From the first Spanish ships to touch California's shores to the rise of a thriving industry with hundreds of olive growers and oil makers, THE OLIVE IN CALIFORNIA traces the path of this sturdy, life-giving tree as it developed into a California agricultural phenomenon. With a foreword by Dr. Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California, Dr. Taylor's book is endorsed by the California Historical Society. 

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DR. JUDITH TAYLOR is a retired physician who spent the last several years traveling up and down California researching the olive. Born in London, she now makes her home in Tiburon, California.

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Just as the Mediterranean region is associated with the olive tree, so too is California's landscape enhanced by the tree's handsome profile and fruitful production. Taylor delves deeply into the history and mythology of this influential plant, tracing the cultivation of olive trees as well as their place in the agricultural life of the Golden State for more than two centuries. With great attention to detail, she recounts the olive-growing businesses that prospered, and the endeavors of the olive-oil trade up to the present day. The botulism outbreaks of the 1920s are likewise examined, as is the involvement of the University of California in the olive industry's development. A revealing account, complete with extensive supplementary appendixes. Alice Joyce
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