The olive tree is known since ancient times. In Greek mythology it is referred to as a Greek tree with divine origins, which first grew in Athens.
No other tree has ever been so closely related with a place, as olive trees with the Mediterranean region. The tree can be found almost anywhere. Therefore, it is not accidental that the historian of this area, F. Brontel, talking about the Mediterranean region, identifies its boundaries with the boundaries of the areas where the olive tree is cultivated. The Mediterranean region starts where the first olive trees grow in the North and ends where the first forests of palm trees start to appear in the African continent.
Olive trees have been cultivated in Greece since ancient times. To the ancient Greeks, the olive tree represented, among other things, peace due to its tranquility. The Greeks appreciated this tree so much that winners of the Olympic Games were awarded an olive wreath.
Nowadays, the cultivation of the olive tree is the most extensive in the country. Greece produces about 400,000 tons of olive oil annually and it is the third largest oil producing country in the world. The conditions of cultivation and the production methods of olive oil have not been altered much throughout time. Almost 75% of Greek olive oil production has exceptional quality and it is edible without any further processing. Extra virgin Greek olive oil is a natural product with full taste, pleasant smell and a lot of nutritious properties.