Village of Time
Village of TIME, the Mediterranean in Texas: A family experience & discovery of the Mediterranean
culture, cuisine & countries around an olive grove that tells the legend and the journey of the Beladi
Mother olive tree from the mountain village of Bechealeh to the hill country of Texas.
In 2010, Olive Grove Partners and Novavine introduced in the USA the Beladi, DNA of the millenarian
trees of Bechealeh, and 3 other unique Lebanese varieties of olive trees. They may prove to be among
the best olive varieties in the USA; research with Texas A&M will determine that.
Climate is the olive tree’s main challenge for success: Our varieties are extremely hardy as witnessed by
the 6,000-year old olive trees of Bechealeh, legends & sayings and the different heights it is grown in
Lebanon: From sea level to 4,000’; it can but is not grown at higher elevations because the snow breaks
their branches and reduces the production of olive. In addition to their hardiness, our varieties will be
promoted to plant for all reasons: Value, beauty, shade, landscaping, the taste of its fruit & oil and
its overall health benefits.
A Mediterranean “Village of TIME” in Dripping Springs will offer the discovery of our “Mother tree”
thru an extraordinary family experience.
It will blend the best of the Old World (tradition, Legend, history, culture) with the best of the New
World (standards, transparency, technology) as we do with our award-winning TIME olive oil (Beladi
with Arbequina and other varieties grown in the USA):
Along a water feature that represents the Mediterranean sea, families and people of all ages will enjoy a
fun and enriching discovery & experience of Northern Mediterranean cultures around the olive tree
route from Lebanon to Spain then all the way to Texas with themes zones/stops: An Italian
brick oven with pizzas, a French bistro with baguettes & tapenades; a Spanish stop with tapas; the
village of Bechealeh with manouches; a visitors’ center that tells & shows the story & legend of the olive
tree and of our olive trees. Visitors, nurseries and olive oil producers will be able to see the progress of
the research and be part of olive oil “early harvest” tasting events.