Olive oil from Crete
It is a mystery to anyone who has picked and eaten an Cretan olive from the tree; how did someone think that this fruit can be transformed into a tasty snack or especially into a healthy and tasty oil. Even if the olive on the tree looks thick and ripe, it tastes awful when it comes directly from the tree.
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Fortunately, one day someone did discover the benefits of the fruit! More than 30 million olive trees grow on the Greek island of Crete and the Cretans make full use of the abundant fruits. Already since 3500 BC, during the Minoan period, the Cretans cultivate olive trees. Evidence of this has been found in the Minoan palace of Knossos, where there was even a room with an olive press.
Today Cretans eat much more olive oil than anywhere else in the world. The warm climate, no air pollution and strict rules on the care and pressing of the olives are the main factors why the olive oil from Crete is very healthy. And besides the fact that this Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Crete is very healthy, it also tastes great. It is therefore not surprising that the traditional Cretan diet uses only olive oil instead of other fats or oils. The Cretan sees the olive oil as a precious elixir of life, the eighty-year-old Cretan farmer and his 100-year-old mother are living proof.
On Crete, the farmers still harvest their olives manually by using traditional methods. The pressing of the olives is done according to strict rules to ensure that the final product, the olive oil, is of impeccable quality. On this website you can read more about the olive oil from Crete.