A bit of History about Olives and Olive Oil

A bit of History about Olives and Olive Oil

 

web-olive-treeThe olive was native to Asia Minor and spread from Iran, Syria and Palestine to the rest of the Mediterranean basin 6,000 years ago.

It is among the oldest known cultivated trees in the world – being grown before the written language was invented. It was being grown on Crete by 3,000 BC and may have been the source of the wealth of the Minoan kingdom.

The Phoenicians spread the olive to the Mediterranean shores of Africa and Southern Europe. Olives have been found in Egyptian tombs from 2,000 years BC. The olive culture was spread to the early Greeks then Romans. As the Romans extended their domain they brought the olive with them.

Jokes aside, good quality extra virgin is a powerful beauty aid, working inside and out. Famous for a range of nutritional benefits keeping you healthy internally, extra virgin olive oil is also rich in vitamin E, helping tone, repair and refresh dry, damaged and tired skin.