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May 09, 2007

Crete's white olive tree trunk mystery solved

Thanks to Kydon TV's "Crete News And Life" programme one of the things about Crete that was a mystery to us has been solved.

They had a two part feature about a British couple over here who have started an organic olive tree farming business.

During the course of the interview they revealed that they were thinking of painting their olive trees white, a common sight around here. Thankfully they also explained why.

The white paint is meant to deter pests and bugs from landing on the trees, and is also meant to protect the bark from the sun during times of extreme heat.

Mostly though, the motivation seems to be just that it looks pretty!

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