Year of 2017

Newly planted olive groves, Zaghouan, Tunisia

It may be an aerial view, but you certainly can’t look down upon this valuable Tunisian crop—the olive. Olive trees have grown in the Mediterranean region since ancient times, and some centuries-old groves still produce fruit. The olives are harvested in fall and winter, most often by shaking the tree boughs. Most olives are destined to become olive oil, which has a wide range of uses, from skin care to cooking to religious ceremonies. While Spain is the world’s top producer of the ‘liquid gold,’ Tunisia produces nearly as much.

Zaghwan is a town in the northern half of Tunisia. Situated on a low ridge of the Dorsale Mountains, the town has a mild climate and presents a green aspect. Cold water from here was taken by aqueduct to Carthage. The town is famous for its roses, originally cultivated by Muslim refugees from Spain in the seventeenth century. The town is located around 100 km due south of Tunis and around 50 km inland from the Gulf of Hammamet and has an estimated population of around 20,837. It is the capital of the Zaghouan Governorate.
Population: 20,837 (2014)