View of Darbechtar.
|Elevation||300 m (1,000 ft)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
The population of Darbechtar is Maronite Catholic.
The name of the village is derivative of the Aramaic words, Dar and Ishtar, meaning the House of Astarte. It is believed that the village was the site of an ancient Phoenician shrine for the Goddess of Fertility.
Darbechtar : Mediterranean plain village with heavy rains, mild winters and hot dry arid summers.
Min / Max average temperatures in Celsius Degree
Jan (8/16) Feb (9/16) Mar (10/19) Apr (13/22) May (16/25) Jun (19/27) Jul (22/29) Aug (23/30) Sep (20/29) Oct (17/27) Nov (13/22) Dec (10/18)
Description of the Olive Tree
The Olive is an evergreen tree or shrub native to the Mediterranean. It is short and squat, and rarely exceeds 8-15 meters in height.
The silvery green leaves are oblong in shape, measuring 4–10 cm long and 1–3 cm wide. The trunk is typically gnarled and twisted.
The fruit is a small drupe 1-2.5 cm long, thinner-fleshed and smaller in wild plants than in orchard cultivars. Olives are harvested at the green stage or left to ripen to a rich purple color(black olive).
Olive oil extraction
Traditionally, olive oil was produced by crushing olives in stone or wooden mortars or beam presses. Nowadays, olives are ground to tiny bits, obtaining a paste that is mixed with water and processed by a centrifuge, which extracts the oil from the paste, leaving behind pomace.
Uses of the Olive Fruit
Olive Oil is used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soaps, and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps. Olive oil is a healthful oil because of its high content of monounsaturated fat (mainly oleic acid) and polyphenols.
Places of worship
There are 4 places of Christian worship in Darbechtar mainly Churches:
- Church of Saint George
- Church of Saint Elias
- Church of Saint Chalita
- Church of our Lady of Saydeh
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