The History of Greek Virgin Olive Oil
The olive trees have been grown in Greece since antiquity. For the ancient Greeks, the olive represented, among other things, peace and the Greeks appreciated this tree so much, to award the winners of the Ancient Olympics with an olive wreath.
Archaeological excavations in many areas have shown that olive oil was used extensively in the ancient times and not only as food. Homer calls it; “the golden liquid,” and according to ancient texts it was used in cleanliness, perfume making, cosmetic care, medicine and lighting. Hippocrates, the renowned doctor of antiquity, used olive oil to treat his patients.
Today the olive tree is the most extensive cultivation in the country. Greece produces about 400,000 tonnes of olive oil per year. Thus, is the third largest olive oil producer in the world. Cultivation conditions and olive oil production methods have not changed much over time. 80% of Greek production is of excellent quality and can be consumed immediately without any further processing. Greek virgin olive oil is a natural product, full of flavor, pleasant aroma and many nutritional properties.
Modern research has shown that virgin olive oil has beneficial effects on our health. Its constant consumption protects against various heart and stomach diseases and is easily absorbed from the body. According to surveys, Greece is the country with the highest human consumption of olive oil in the world. Greeks love the olive oil, which forms the basis of their daily diet.
Olive oil is used in all salads, usually combined with lemon or vinegar. Two spoons of pure virgin olive oil are enough for a great Greek salad.
Virgin olive oil is also perfectly cooked with all kinds of vegetables such as beans, okra, peas and aubergines.
In addition, olive oil is also suitable for sweets. It is much better instead of using margarine or any other butter for sweets, tarts and sweet pies. One cup of virgin olive oil is enough for a chocolate cake!