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 Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Food Issue 19 My Kitchen Table: Dominique Crenn French-born chef Dominique Crenn knows how to keep a level head and relishes the nights when she gets to cook to her own soundtrack. Food Issue 19 Recipe: Chamomile Cookies When your day is filled with too much excitement, taking time to sit quietly with these calming morsels and a cup of tea could be just the antidote.