Olive- A gift of nature on your table
Ancient Greeks considered the olive tree a symbol of kindness and nobility, while even today olive branches symbolize peace. The olive has been blessed since ancient times, a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, abundance, health, strength and beauty.
The symbolic meaning of olive was present in every aspect of Greek life, ever since ancient times up until today. It is characteristic that since 776 B.C. the only prize awarded to the Olympic winners was the “kotinos”, a wreath made of olive branch that symbolized peace and mandatory truce in ancient times, throughout the world, during the Olympic Games.
Even today, in agricultural regions of the country, when a child is born, an olive tree is planted. The olive tree and the child are to grow up together. When the child starts school at the age of 6, the olive tree is ready to give its first fruit. The olive tree will grow with the family, survive through time and will still be there for many generations to come, to remind us the continuity and the evolution of life
DID YOU KNOW THAT
- The Greeks began using Olive Oil in their religious practices as well as for culinary, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and lighting purposes.
- The Greek name for the Olive tree was likely borrowed from the Semitic-Phoenician word “el’yon,” meaning “superior,” which was likely used in the context of comparing it with other vegetable or animal fats available at the time.
- The Romans developed the screw-press method of Olive Oil extraction, which continues to be used in some parts of the world.
- Olive Oil has traditionally been used as an antibacterial agent, a cleanser, a moisturizer, and a massage oil.