Cultivation of olive trees and production of oil began in Greece from ancient times.According to Homer,the author of Iliad and Odyssey,olive oil or "the golden liquid" was not only valuable for nutritional reasons but was believed to be a natural medicine .In ancient Greece athlets used to rubb oil all over their body since they believed that this would grand them power and good luck .Warriors were plashing oil drops on the head of the noble and the brave ones .
Olive tree fossils that were found in Italy were dated 20 million years back and cultivation of olive trees started in the Medditaranean era during 7.000 BC . In Greece archeological discoveries proved the production of oil in Crete around 1400 BC.
Important factors for the production of oil:
-In order to produce oil that will be rich and balanced in flavour we need green olives.
-Color,taste and smell vary in regard with the location and the quantity of soil where the olive trees are cultivated.
-Climate and enviromental reasons are of great importance.
-Τhe time of harvest and the way this is done.
-The way the oil is produced ,the method of storage and bottling.