My childhood friend’s Cyprus-born grandfather once recalled an old adage as we ran among the olive trees at her family’s farm: “If you fall asleep under a fig tree, you get a headache,” he said. “But if you fall asleep under an olive tree, you dream.” Olives have long been the fruit of visionaries and dreamers, ever since Athena stood over Athens with a peaceful olive branch in hand. Long before it became a staple in modern pantries, olive oil was exalted in ancient religious texts: It’s one of the first foods mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, Muhammad deemed olive trees holy in the Koran, it’s daubed on baptized heads in Judeo-Christian tradition and its branches were found in the Tutankhamen tomb to protect the This story is from Kinfolk Issue Sixteen Buy Now Related Stories Food Issue 40 Chow Mein & Jello An ode to the buffet. Arts & Culture Food Issue 37 Bug Out How to eat insects. Food Issue 35 Modern Fancy The humble origins of high-end food. Arts & Culture Food Issue 34 Last Supper What to eat at a funeral. Food Sanchez A taste of Mexico in Denmark. Food City Guide Chulwha From nature to table—via the grill: A new private dining experience in Seoul.