I know, most folks think longhorns and beer when they think of Texas. And we do grow good beef and make good beer, but there's more to our land these days.
At Bella Vista Ranch in Wimberley, entrepreneur Jack Daugherty makes flavorful olive oil from the fruit of the 800 or so olive trees he planted on his rolling hills. At the Hill Top Cafe outside Fredericksburg, restaurateur Johnny Nicholas sells olive trees along with his made-with-love menu.
And at a growing number of Hill Country homes, folks are enjoying the flash of year-round silvery-green foliage and possibility of harvesting their own olives.
A few weeks ago I wrote a news article about olive trees in the home landscape. Now I'm thinking we need Mission olive trees, two for a greater chance of fruit.
Don't tell Denny, who doesn't love levering boulders from our limestone to make room for root-balls.
If you'd like a view of the Mediterranean in your yard too, click here for the article and more information.
Or visit our Texas Hill Country and see for yourself.
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