My Mystical Olive Trees
Back in 2014, I was visiting Iraq and saw a mystical olive tree growing in Karbala and wished I could take one back to Karachi. Our hotel manager, Hummam, was the only local who could speak and understand English. Hummam was a third year student at a university in Mosul and one of the lucky residents who managed to escape from there when ISIS took over.
I asked this kid to guide me to nurseries where I can get olive tree from. He told me that nurseries were far and that he can arrange the plant for me. Next day, he surprised me with a huge olive plant growing in a white plastic basket. He never accepted a payment for that and said we are their guests. That tree traveled through all the cities that we visited and reached Karachi without any problem.
It has been more than 2 years and the plant has grown beautifully in container. I am still waiting for it to fruit. I am not sure what variety is that and if it will ever fruit here or not. Still, the tree is very close to my heart and soul. When ever I look at it, I remember the great River Euphrates where it was grown. It must be an offspring of the worlds oldest olive trees.
‘Experts’ say the olives will never fruit in Karachi. I just cant give up.
The New Olive Trees in the Garden
Recently, I started collecting fruiting trees. Olives, grapes, figs, apples, cherries, guavas, pineapples and more. Among these are Olives that are suitable for our growing zone.
Arbequina is from Catalonia, Spain. It grows highly aromatic small round olives which turn purple when ripen. Planting this tree was a very special meditative experience for me. I pray that this tree grows for many centuries to come.
Manzanillo grows well near coastal areas and like arbequina olives it also loves long warm season. These are oval green fruits that turn black. Although, mazanillo might not fruit as early as arbequina but my hopes will not fade!
Picual loves hot weather and is drought tolerant. This fruit has sweet buttery taste and turns dark green and even black when ripen. It usually matures in November or December in zones 8-10. Lets see when this fruits here in Karachi.
I am enjoying my young plants in pots for now. Being close to my mystic olive trees bring me closer to my own self.