Greek Olive Oil Facts


Nutritional Values


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Origin, προέλευση

According to legend, the goddess Athena and Poseidon competed for the most impressive gift to mankind. Poseidon provided salty spring water and horses, while Athena produced an olive tree. After people decided that the olive tree was more valuable, the goddess Athena was named the patron saint of the city of Athens to this day.

Olive oil has always been hailed as “liquid gold” by Europeans, and the words used for olives and olive oil in modern languages still hint at its ancient origins. The olive tree is called elia in Greek and olea in Latin, and later migrated to the romantic language. The current English word oil also reflects the origin of this language. Quotations about the olive tree and its oils can be found in literary works such as Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey”; in Christianity, Jesus is usually called the anointed, using oil as the Holy Spirit in Christ The metaphor that appears. According to some statistics, in the Bible, “olive”-that is, “olive” appears more than 200 times.


Did you know?


•More than 60,000 years ago, the first olive tree appeared in what is now Europe and Greece.


• 6500 years ago (mid-Neolithic), the Greeks began to use olive oil, not only for consumption, but also for food preservation, and as medicine, shower gel and perfume.


•Beginning 5500 years ago, the ancient Greeks introduced olive oil cultivation to their colonies and Europe, Africa, America, and the East. They took the olive trees of the Greeks out of Greece and established an olive civilization.


•In the 7th century BC, the Olympic movement prevailed in Greece, and the olive branch, a symbol of peace and victory, became the only prize for the winner.


•In the 4th century BC, the famous Greek medical scientist Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, discovered the important use of olive oil in the medical field. Under its influence, olive oil was no longer just used in religious fields, but gradually became people. Indispensable supplies for cooking, medical treatment, and beauty.

Greek Olive Trees, Ελληνικές ελιές

Today, Greece is the world’s largest consumer of olive oil per capita, and the national average consumption reaches about 18-30 liters per person per year. The Greeks treat extra virgin olive oil like high-quality wine. Some people will argue that no two olive trees will produce extra virgin olive oil with a similar taste. To be certified for the “extra virgin” label, olive oil should meet four conditions: it must be produced by mechanical extraction methods (no chemicals or hot water is used, only from the first cold pressing, oil acidity is less than 100% One, and must have the perfect taste.

In Greece, our olive oil from the Elis region (Elis) is an important symbol of wealth in ancient Greece. This area is located on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, where the Olympic flame and games originated. The purpose of the Olympic Games is to commemorate Zeus, the king of the Greek gods. Athletes will pray to the gods for victory and present animals or agricultural products as gifts. Olive oil is the prize for the winners of the Games. In ancient Greece, this precious prize was used to anoint the bodies of young athletes, not for food. Olive oil is considered a symbol of peace, wisdom and victory, which is why the winners of the Olympic Games are now crowned with wild olive wreaths.

Greek extra virgin olive oil, especially in the Ellis region, has plenty of direct sunlight throughout the seasons, and produces a large amount of natural plant substances that resist oxidation caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays, such as anthocyanins, flavonoids and phenols substance. Therefore, the olive oil from the Ellis region has a strong fruit flavor on the taste, and it also has a pure agate green color when viewed. Its fruity taste and complexity of aroma make it universally attractive. The light and delicate consistency of extra virgin olive oil makes it ideal for condiments. It is also the cooking oil of choice for more discerning users. Among the factors that affect people’s choice of olive oil, consumers value most: origin and flavor.

Nutritional Value, ΔΙΑΤΡΟΦΙΚΉ ΑΞΊΑ

According to research, olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids-oleic acid, as well as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K and antioxidants. Olive oil is considered to be the most suitable for human nutrition among the oils discovered so far. The outstanding feature of olive oil is that it contains a lot of monounsaturated fatty acids. In addition to providing heat to the human body, monounsaturated fatty acids can also adjust the ratio of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in human plasma, increase the level of high-density lipoprotein HDL (good cholesterol) in the human body and reduce low-density lipoprotein LDL ( (Bad cholesterol) levels, which can prevent excessive cholesterol in the body.

Therefore, for people who are accustomed to eating meat foods and cause excessive intake of saturated fatty acids and cholesterol, choosing olive oil as edible oil can effectively exert its blood lipid-lowering function, thereby preventing the occurrence of hyperlipidemia, fatty liver and Protecting the heart helps reduce the risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke and other wealthy diseases.

The natural antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids in olive oil help the human body to absorb minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, zinc, etc., which can promote bone growth. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids help maintain bone density and reduce free radicals. (Highly active molecules) caused by bone loss. In addition, it can moisturize the intestines and prevent constipation, which is especially suitable for the elderly.

The natural antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids in olive oil help the human body to absorb minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, zinc, etc., which can promote bone growth. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids help maintain bone density and reduce free radicals. (Highly active molecules) caused by bone loss. In addition, it can moisturize the intestines and prevent constipation, which is especially suitable for the elderly.

The incidence of stroke, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease among residents on the island of Crete in Greece is the lowest in the world, with almost no heart disease and a long life expectancy. After the World Health Organization’s investigation, one of the reasons is that the island is rich in olives, and the residents always use olive oil as their daily cooking oil. Nowadays, the most respected healthy diet by international nutritionists is the “Mediterranean diet”, and olive oil is the soul of the Mediterranean diet.

The incidence of stroke, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease among residents on the island of Crete in Greece is the lowest in the world, with almost no heart disease and a long life expectancy. After the World Health Organization’s investigation, one of the reasons is that the island is rich in olives, and the residents always use olive oil as their daily cooking oil. Nowadays, the most respected healthy diet by international nutritionists is the “Mediterranean diet”, and olive oil is the soul of the Mediterranean diet.


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