Olive wood has a beautiful grain, is extremely durable and does not absorb odors or stains like many other woods. It is very strong which makes it a good choice for cooking utensils and serving bowls. The beauty of your olive wood is easily maintained by washing it by hand with a mild liquid soap and warm water. Never leave it soaking in water or place it in the dishwasher. Dry your wood immediately after washing. It is important to nourish the wood and bring out its wood grain by rubbing it with a thin coat of food grade mineral oil or olive oil. This will keep your olive wood in great condition and bring out its natural color and grain.