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Olive oil, the liquid gold of Greece

Aetolia-acarnania ● Greece ● Kalamata ● Peoponnese ● 13 July 2016
 

Olive oil, the liquid gold of Greece

Precious and unique, sacred and powerful, bright and internal. Τhe olive tree, with it’s routes in the Mediterranean, passes through the history of humanity, carrying not only the weight of it’s precious fruits, but also a heavy symbolism which is indissolubly connected with many aspects of the Greek civilization.

Olive and it’s products can be considered as original parts of the Hellenic cultural heritage, as fragments of it’s mythology, religion and cultural identity. Also the nutrition of this country has been connected with the cultivation of the olive tree for more than 6.000.

It is true that Greece was the place where the first olive tree was cultivated, to be more specific it happened in Crete. Around 3500 BC in the Early Minoan times and the olive trees of that period were in a wilder form in comparison to the trees we know and cultivate today.

Greece, due to it’s favorable position, in the crossroads of three continents – Europe, Asia, Africa – is one of the centers of production and consumption of edible olives and olive oil. With more than 132.000.000 olive trees, which means 60% of the Greek soil committed to the cultivation of olives. Even though it’s small range, this county still manages to hold the third place, globally, in the production of olive oil. And the first in the production of black edible olives.

As for its uses it is a multi-purpose product, which besides food, has been used for religious rituals, medicines, as a fuel, for soap-making and cosmetics.

After all, the consumption of olive oil has many beneficial properties for the human body. It decreases the risk of cancer, reduces the heart diseases, relieves diabetes, prevents osteoporosis and last but not least nurses the skin, providing an antiaging effect.


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