Traditional olive trees planted at the Alamo

Olive trees among first items brought to the Alamo by monks

Published On: Apr 18 2012 04:52:22 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 18 2012 05:44:54 PM CDT
Olive trees

Olives may be sprouting from trees at the Alamo soon.

The Sandy Oak Olive Orchard donated olive trees to commemorate the Alamo's designation as a World Heritage Site. 

Records from the 1760s show that olive trees were among the first items brought to the Alamo by Franciscan monks.

A special ceremony was held today to plant the trees and give them a traditional Franciscan blessing.

The olive trees donated by Sandy Oaks are similar to the ones that were originally brought over from Spain, known as Cornicabra. 

They were said to be able to survive the harsh Texas climate.  The trees planted today were Mission, Sevillano and Pendolino.

Sandy Oak staff expect that the trees will soon bear their own fruit.