Cretan Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the most important elements of the Cretan civilization. During the Minoan period the role of the olive oil in the economy was huge, being one of the steadiest and biggest income resources in the economic history of the island. Cretan olive oil was connected with the nutritive civilization, as well as with religious ceremonials, medicine and pastry making.

Olive oil is the oil obtained from the fruit of the olive tree in a mechanical manner. The liquid is pressed out of the fruit and then separated from the mass of the centrifugal force or else by precipitation. Our olive oil is one of the best not just in Greece but in all the Mediteranean. With a perfect balance in aroma, taste and colour. The olive is obtained from the olives solely by mechanical or other physical means under condition. The olives undergo no other treatment beyond washing, centrifugation and filtration.

The olive tree has been the symbol of "wisdom and peace". The olive tree was the sacred tree of goddess Athena and Athens, the capital of Greece, took its name from the goddess. Zeus had decreed that the city should be given to the god who offered the most useful gift to the people. Poseidon gave them the horse. Athena struck the bare soil with her spear and caused an olive tree to spring up. The people were so delighted with the olive that Zeus gave the city to Athena and named it after her. Athena is often shown with an olive branch, a symbol of peace and plenty.

At the Ancient Olympic Games, winners were presented with a simple olive tree branch which was cut with a gold-handled knife from a wild olive tree. The Greeks believed that the vitality of the sacred tree was transmitted to the recipient through the branch.