History of the olive

The history of the olive tree and olive oil goes back centuries. Fossilized leaf of European olive was found in Kimi Evia dating back 50,000 years.

The olive tree is connected thousands of years with the Greek history and tradition, as it is argued that first appeared in Greece in 12.000p.ch. and cultivated for the first time, by the Syrians or the Minoan culture between 3500-2500 b.c.

The olive oil or "liquid gold"

The olive oil or "liquid gold", according to Homer in antiquity was not just a food, but was a symbol of health and strength, medicine, as well as symbol of magic and wonder.

For the Greeks, the olive was linked with social and economic life. It was directly related to culture, art, poetry, habits, manners and customs, tradition, religion. It was connected with the life and death. It was considered a sacred tree and particularly protected.
Also a sign of peace, victory and friendship among peoples as well as sign of Wisdom.

From ancient times until today, the concepts Mediterranean, and Elia, are almost identical. According to a great historian "The Mediterranean starts from where raw olives begin to grow and ends where the first forests of palm trees begin on the African continent."

The special bond with Greece reflected in the words of Odysseus Elytis:
"If you dismantle Greece, at the end you will see to your left an olive tree, a vine and a boat. Which means:
You will need the same to reassemble"