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Updated on July 11, 2010

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A Little bit of Olive Oil History

 

Scientists believe that olive trees were first cultivated in Greece or more specifically first grown in Crete around about 3500BC.  Crete started the first export of olive oil to Africa and Asia.

The olive tree became a symbol in Greece. Olive Oil became valuable for its medical and nutritional values. The production of olive oil in and around Greek territories was significant, due to the vastness of the Empire.  When the Turks overpowered the Greece the production of olive oil was not affected.

Olive growers were held in high esteem, passing their properties on from one generation to the next. When a child was born they planted an olive tree so it would grow and develop like the child.  When the child started school the olive tree would be ready to produce its fruit.

Many other countries now produce Olive oil all over the world.  Today Spain and Italy have become the bigger leaders in the production of olive oil.

 

Olive trees pic from Flickr

There are many types of Olive oil-

·         Extra Virgin olive oil – This is of exceptional quality, with both taste and aroma.  This is produced from the first pressing.

·         Virgin Olive oil- This is not quite as good although it still comes from the first pressing

There are also many lesser grades

·         Color -Green oil comes from the green olives and harvested before they ripen.

·         Taste and smell- means that the olives were not ripe when picked

If the olive oil smells funny then do not buy it.  Always read the labels, and see where it was produced.

Cooking with Olive Oil

Save your best virgin oil for salads and dressings. Use it on baked potatoes or on crusty bread. Although, the best oil to use for cooking is the extra virgin oil or the virgin oil, if this is too expensive then you could use the pure olive oil for cooking.

Storing Olive oil

Store at 57degrees. Or store away from stove in a dark cupboard at room temperature of 70 degrees.

In my opinion, the extra virgin olive is too good to waste so use it wisely. Use the cheaper varieties for lesser occasions.

 

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Love this stuff. Good info

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks Ethel, yes my son used to work for 12 years on an olive farm near here.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great information - and I'm thinking now how great it would be to create a new tradition - instead of bringing a bottle of wine when we visit we can bring a good bottle of olive oil!

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      Naomi R. Cox 7 years ago from Elberton, Georgia

      Thanks for the information, Eileen. The storing of olive oil is very useful. A great hub.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for a very valuable hub on extra virgin olive oil, the benefits we all need . thank you for sharing it. Blessings to you. creativeone59

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      watericed777 7 years ago

      Thanks for the hub. Very good read, I've always like using olive oil now I got a reason to do so.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Naomi, Yes it it great for many things

      Creativeone, thank you, blessings returned

      Watericed, Thats great that you will use it.

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      exlunlimit 7 years ago from Dayton

      your hub was very informative as well as interesting. Thank you for writing it. I have been an olive oil user for more than 15 years now, and yes I save the extra virgin for special dishes.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      exlunlimit, Thanks for that yes, the extra virgin is the best.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Nothing beats cooking with a lovely bottle of extra virgin olive oil. Just wish it were not so expensive.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      sweetie pie. You are so right, I cannot afford to buy it all the time. Need more adsense payments. Thanks

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      myawn 7 years ago from Florida

      I love olive oil it is expensive but so good Nice hub!

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      myawn, you are so right, it is great on salads, I use the cheaper oil for cooking sometimes and keep this for the tastier things. Thanks for stopping by

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      The history was interesting. Great hub.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      daisyjae, thank for that and taking the time to read

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