From the Farm to the Table: Olives - EN4HOSTS


Olives are the fruit of the olive tree, the most popular food of the populations of the Mediterranean.

With a deep mythological history, they were—so the story goes—a gift to humankind from the Greek goddess Athena.

Now, there are hundreds of varieties growing throughout the world, and they all have a unique appearance, taste, and texture. After harvesting, they are cleaned and placed in bins for desiccation and then maintained with salt, brine, vinegar or oil. They are used as appetizers and accompanied by salads and many appetizing dishes. They are the foundation of the Mediterranean diet.

However, if you’re like most people, you probably only know two types of olives; “green” and “black.”

Let’s change that!!



Your task for today is to learn:

  • the types of olives,
  • the nutrition value of olives,
  • the process of olives,
  • the preservation of olives,
  • the benefits of their consumption to your health and
  • how to use them in your nutrition

Step one - The types of olives

Due to the immense range of olive tree varieties, where it grew, ripeness, and processing method, listing every cultivar is impossible so we'll discuss the main types of olives and then students will use Thinglink in teams of 3 persons to make a map listing the most popular olive types in each country, giving some extra info (WORKSHEET1). They will take their info from the URLs:

In the end, each team will present their work.

Step two - Olives processing & preservation

An olive is categorized according to its processing method, too. Because all fresh olives are very sharp and bitter in flavor, they need to be processed to make them edible. The processing removes an acrid, bitter-tasting compound called oleuropein, present in olive skin. There are several different methods, each of which leaches out the oleuropein. We'll discuss the different processing techniques:

  • Oil-curing: soaking in oil for several months
  • Water-curing: rinsing and pre-soaking in water for many months
  • Brine-curing: soaking in brine for one to six months
  • Dry-curing: storing in salt for one or more months

and then students will attend the following videos. After that, they will preserve a popular variety of their area(WORKSHEET2).

Step three - Nutrition value of olives & Benefits of their consumption to health

We'll ask students if they know any benefits of olives. Then we'll ask them to use the Internet and find some info in order to make some brochures on the Nutrition value of olives and the benefits of their consumption to our health. They can include some ways to include more olives in our daily nutrition.

They have to use the following link or any else they want. (WORKSHEET3).

In the end, each team will present their work. All the brochures will be shared with students of other classes. Maybe some will be kept to the library of the school.



This is how your work will be evaluated.














There is one person doing all the work, and the team is NOT working together.

The team is working individually on their own role, and using limited talked with others in a group

The team is working together, but not using the inflammation to connect with one another.

The whole team is working together, helping each other out, and connecting information with one another.


Research / Understanding


Don't use sources given & information is not factual. Student lacked knowledge

Use sources were given. Students understood information but couldn't apply it to their projects

Use sources are given, and students understood information but lacked creativity and informational facts

Use sources, get all information asked and goes beyond to get and applied extra information to give to their classmates a better idea on the subject


Presentations, Thinglink

No creativity to their presentation, such a little information that classmates aren't able to understand

Students created a presentation with only text and nothing else.

Students were able to create a good presentation.

Great creativity, students are able to understand


Final project


No final project

The final project is lacking key components.

Final project contains all key components

Final project contains all key components and some extra information so it is complete and more useful to anyone interested in its theme.




The web quest is designed using investigation learning method in order to develop the critical thinking skills in children.

I hope you all had fun and you have made the best homemade olives !!!


This WebQuest was created by a team of teachers, within the co-funded Erasmus plus KA2  partnership “English for hospitality” (EN4HOSTS), project number: 2017-1-RO01-KA201-037159, KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, KA201 - Strategic Partnerships for school education


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