History

Olives were first introduce to South Australia during theĀ 1800s where it was determined that they would be an ideal crop to cultivate due to Adelaide’s climate being remarkably similar to that of the Mediterranean, from where the olive originates. Unfortunately this meant that escaped seeds from gardens and orchards would also proliferate in the wild, and even abandoned orchards would still be able to flourish.

Since the 1800s invasive olives have spread to a wide array of locations in South Australia including the Adelaide Hills, the Eyre Peninsula, the Southern Flinders Ranges, the Yorke Peninsula, the Murray Mallee and the Mt Lofty Ranges.

Today the Australian Government, environmental groups and olive farmers work together to minimize the numbers of feral olives and reduce their impact on our environment.

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