History of olive oil

The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean basin. Wild olives were collected by Neolithic peoples as early as the 8th millennium BC. The wild olive tree originated in Asia Minor in ancient Greece.

The olive tree and its products can be considered as a genuine part of the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean. Mythologyreligioncultural identity and the diet of the area is intertwined with the cultivation of the olive tree for more than 6.000 years.

The olive tree lighted, nourished, healed, posed up and triggered high ideals and is inspiration for all the civilizationof the eastern Mediterranean.

The olive tree is a blessed tree of the Mediterranean land. It lives and grows at rocky and infertile soils and it's fruits are  produced under adverse conditions of drought, strong winds and high temperatures.

The longevity and productivity of this tree has characterized the history of Mediterranean residents.

For the Greeks, the olive was connected with the social and economic life. Was directly related to culture, art, poetry, habits, manners and customs, tradition, religion. Tree was considered sacred and highly protected. Greece due to its advantageous location at the crossroads of three continents - Europe, Asia and Africa-was the undisputed center of olive cultivation and olive oil production. 

Now days, extra-virgin olive oil accounts for less than 10% of oil in many producing countries.

The percentage is far higher in the Mediterranean countries (Greece: 80%, Italy: 65%, Spain 30%).

We all need to defend this valuable legacy and protect along with the olive tree the enviroment as well,  if we want to keep enjoying the treasures that natures provides us with.

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