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Elaeagnus angustifolia

Olivier de Bohème
Oleaster/Russian Olive

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

8-10 mm

Flowering months

May,

June

Leaf type

Lanceolate

Height

5-7 m

Description

The Iranian New Year (Nowruz) celebrations date back to before 633 AD. Traditionally, 7 dishes of fruit are laid out on a table, one of them being the berries of the Oleaster which symbolise love and passion.

Native to western and central Asia, introduced into southern and western Europe as an ornamental. It is drought resistant. The stems can be thorny; buds and leaves are covered in silvery-rusty scales.

Flowers

The flowers are tubular, opening into 4 lobes and fragrant.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Long, wider in the middle, pointed, undulated, greenish-silvery above, scaly-silvery beneath.

Fruits Seeds

Drupe: 15-25 mm, after drying it becomes reddish/brown.

Edible

The fruit is eaten during the Iranian New Year (Nowruz) celebrations.

Medical

In Iran the powdered dried fruit is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and joint pains, the extracted oil is used to treat catarrh and bronchial affections.

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