The olives are beautifully sweet now since cold out. But I ate more late September into Oct because my sinuses etc had immediate relief. You gotta treat them with more respect than you think but really after your been eating and getting pokes..before to long you heal from the pokes and and cuts or scrapes you may have. And you heal fast when you eat alot like me. Heck I take them in my pocket like sunflower seeds lol. WHO NEW right. I feel stupid not knowing til now. Enjoy this..I sure am. Loving every of of the 100s I eat. Do not profit nor gain from this tree. Had a bad happening but also good when I tried selling. Don't do it for profit. It's Godly ..hopefully you will how Godly they are. Amazing. And plentiful by the good Lord above..massively plentiful..they were just waiting for Love
Here in Alberta on the prairie regions it's now a "Noxious Weed" and in the Parkland regions it's no longer recommended.
The problem occurs in the coulee country: The seeds float. So they drop in fall, and then with the spring runoff do a mass migration downstream. In many stream valleys they are taking over the poplar, and the biodiversity is dropping like a rock.
This problem would likely be common to the 'basin and range' part of the American south west. -- basically anywhere that gets under 18 inches of rain a year, or more accurately any place dry enough that there is bare ground between plants.
RO doesn't seem to compete well with grass when young, so if you are in a climate regime that favours sod grasses it shouldn't be a problem.
Sea Buckthorn (same family, different genus) is also problematic, but has received weed status yet.
I was under the impression that the fruit and leaves were chock full of oxalic acid. In addition to an unpleasant astringency, longterm consumption will likely interfere with the uptake of numerous vitamins, including probably A and K, and apparently calcium uptake as well.
For suceptible individuals, lots of oxalic acid in the diet may lead to an increased incidence and severity of kidney stones.
I would be very cautious. Treating any food source as a miracle cure can have negative consequences. I would not advise any serious dietary changes to include russian olives or russian olive tree parts without regularly consulting your physician about possible complications.
And then there's the issue of getting splinters in one's gums...
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