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HISTORY

History

HISTORICAL INFORMATION ABOUT MESSINIAN OLIVE OIL.


The sciences of history and archeology with researches that are still in progress present olive fossils in the Greek area with the impressive age of 50,000 - 60,000 years while in the western Peloponnese were precisely dated samples of olive pollen 2,000 years. The olive tree and its fruit have never left Greece from then until today.
Thus, starting from the Minoan and Mycenaean years, a number of finds in the main olive grove of Greece, the Peloponnese, Crete, the Ionian Islands, the Cyclades and Cyprus but also in other areas confirm the stable and ancient presence of the tree in Greek.
The oil depots and large jars in the Mycenaean Pylos, the dozens of Linear A and B plates with the characteristic ideogram of the olive tree and the olive murals in Knossos confirm the existence of this tree in Greece..
In classical times, the beautiful legend of the Athena and Poseidon contest ends with the proclamation of the olive tree as a sacred tree of the city of Athens. The great importance of the olive tree continues throughout the ancient period of Greek history but also during the Roman era.

 

«Olive oil is an integral part of the life of the people of the Mediterranean, a timeless symbol of peace, prosperity, productivity and fertility.»

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