Olive wood is a popular choice for kitchen instruments, salad and other bowls, as well as chopping blocks. The wood is easy to care for and its dense grain can make it last for generations. Most olive wood products are handmade, and matching sets must be made from the same block of wood due to the variations in color and grain within the wood. As a result, products made from olive wood are more expensive than similar items made from softer wood. A well-cared for piece of olive wood has a luster and color unmatched by any other wood, making olive wood an investment well worth the money.
Caring for olive wood
Clean olive wood products in warm water using a mild dish-washing soap.2
Dry thoroughly immediately after cleaning with a soft lint-free towel3
Rub your olive wood product with olive, peanut or sunflower oil once a month. Dip a paper towel into the oil and gently rub, using a circular motion, over the surface of the wood. Work the oil into the sides, top and bottom of the olive wood.4
Wipe off excess oil with a soft lint-free cloth or a clean paper towel.