It is true that at the time Joseph
Smith translated the Book of Mormon,
there were no books or information
available on olive-tree horticulture in
the United States.
 
     
  There was a 100 page essay in France in 1820 on the
olive tree , but it was not translated or published in
English until 1852, 23 years after the translation and
printing of the Book of Mormon. There is no indication
that Joseph Smith had access to it even then.
 
   
     
  The olive tree is entirely unique
in its characteristics from any
other tree. It only grows in warm, wet winters and hot, dry summers (Mediterranean climates), which limits it to some parts of California, Arizona, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria.
 
  I ‛m already 500 years old and if you treat me properly
and give me the attention I need, I will live for
hundreds of years more and produce good fat juicy
olives. My grandfather has produced for 1800 years
and is still going strong.1
 

 

1 “ Encyclopedia Americana,” 1979 Edition, Vol. 20, Pgs 713-715

 

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