Standing tall and proud as the perfect getaway spot for residents in Oman, Jabal Akdhar has been on the staycation radar for several reasons: the picturesque locale, low temperatures, unadulterated honey, serene villages, and the like. But, did you know that it is also known for its local olive oil production?
In fact, the olives of Jabal Akhdar are known for its quality and high nutritional values when compared with the same fruit from foreign markets.
This has led to the farming of olives in the region – and it has resulted in it being the second-most grown fruit after pomegranates.
Extraction of the olive oil – one of the byproducts of olives – is ongoing at the Saih Qatanh village. The olives crops reach harvest season during the peak of summer.
As per the locals, the olive crops have ‘adapted to the climate’ of Jabal Akhdar and the harvest has been increasing every season.
The extraction, whether for oil or for food, is done with the help of the equipment provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Olives, along with other agricultural crops cultivated in Jabal Akhdar, play a role in boosting the national economy in the Sultanate.