Olive Facts

THE CULTIVATION OF OLIVES BEGAN SIX THOUSAND YEARS AGO IN GREECETHE CULTIVATION OF OLIVES BEGAN SIX THOUSAND YEARS AGO IN GREECE

The earliest example of an amphora, an olive oil container, dates back six thousand years. It was discovered by archaeologists in Early Minoan Period excavation. Since that time, Olive Oil has remained an integral part of the Mediterranean diet. This is most likely in part due to the abundance of the olive throughout the Mediterranean Basin as well as to its various health related properties.

The climatic characteristics of Greece are ideal: the hot summers, the mild winters, the aridity and humidity levels, the acidity levels of the earth, together they create the perfect combination for the cultivation of Olives.

The olive tree can live for many centuries and produces fruit during most of these. The only exception, the first six years of its life. In Greece, over 806 thousand hectares are used to cultivate olives. Of this area, 712,720 hectares will serve to produce Olive Oil olives while only 93,670 hectares will be cultivated for table olives production.

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