Olive oil was an all-purpose and essential product in the Roman world from 2nd century BC. Not only was olive oil used for cooking and culinary delights, but was also used for many other purposes like hygiene and lighting. Romans knew well that olive oil is LIQUID GOLD.
Start by imagining you are one of the gods on Mount Olympus. What would you choose as the “greatest gift to mankind”? That ultimate gift turned out to be the olive tree – lauded for its wood, leaves, fruit and oil that produced food, fuel and shade. And, because it was known to last hundreds of years, it was cherished as a symbol of peace, wisdom and prosperity.
The origin of the olive tree is lost in time, coinciding and mingling with the expansion of the Mediterranean civilisations which for centuries governed the destiny of mankind and left their imprint on Western culture.