From the times of Ancient Greece up to the present, the olive has been regarded as the holiest tree of our land and is directly connected with the culture and nutrition of our country’s inhabitants.
The olive tree has been harvested in Greece since antiquity. For the ancient Greeks, the olive represented and constituted the symbol of peace. The nutrition, the religion and the art of the ancient Greeks contained elements of the olive, whose branch was used as a symbol of peace, wisdom and victory. Our ancestors respected this tree so much that the winners of the ancient Olympic Games were awarded with a wreath taken from the wild olive tree.
Hippocrates, the renowned doctor of ancient times, made use of the olive oil in the treatment of his patients.Homer referred to it as “the golden liquid” and according to the ancient texts, olive oil was used in cleaning, the production of perfumes, cosmetic care, medicine, and for lighting.
Hermionida is a peninsula located on the eastern coast of the Peloponnese. Its capitol is Kranidi. Kranidi is recognised by the EU as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). Kranidi has been producing olive oil for thousands of years. Olive fossils have been found in the cave of Frachti dating 5000 BC Pausanias, the great historian and geographer, mentions in his book Pausanias` voyage in 200AD that olive trade was the main source of income for Kranidi.Kranidi has some of the oldest olive trees in Greece
Olive Oil Nowadays
The average annual production of olive oil in Greece is around 400,000 tonnes, of which approximately 250,000 are consumed in the domestic market. It must be noted that Greeks hold the first place worldwide in the per capita consumption of olive oil at a quantity that surpasses 20 kilos per year. It is a well-known fact to all those who are involved with the product that Greek olive oil that is exported in bulk comprises the basis in the mixtures made in order to improve the olive oil of other countries. As a rule, Greece does not import olive oil and especially extra virgin olive oil. This simply means that the exports consist of 100% Greek olive oil, at least as far as extra virgin olive oil is concerned.
The qualitative superiority of Greek extra virgin olive oil has to do with its organoleptic characteristics. The aroma, the flavor, but also the color are the elements that make Greek olive oil distinguishable and justly considered to be one of the best, if not the best, olive oil in the world.