- Olive-Facts -
The olive tree, a millennium-old tree of wisdom and peace. A source of wealth and food.
The history of the olive tree begins at the same time as the agriculture of the first civilizations
of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
One day a bitter battle broke out on Olympus between Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and Poseidon, the god of the sea, regarding the possession of the Attica peninsula. As was customary in such frequent cases, Zeus had to intervene, and he therefore suggested to the two opponents that whoever bestowed upon humanity the most useful gift that ever existed was the victor. The angry Poseidon thrust his trident into the rocks of the Acropolis, luring out a huge salty fountain; Athena, on the other hand, brought Zeus a small evergreen plant with silver leaves and placed it where there were long hot summers and little rain: it was the immortal olive tree that gives man the extraordinary juice of his fruit, from which he nourishes, strengthens Can gain health
and beauty. So Athena decided the dispute for himself and was rewarded by Zeus, in which he gave her Attica. Since then, the olive branch is a symbol of peace, friendship and victory.
The holy Tree
For many peoples, the olive tree, often simply called the olive tree, was considered sacred. To behold the light of the world under an olive tree was considered a sign of divine origin, as in Artemis and Apollo, the twins of the nymph Leto. Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of the city of Rome, were also born under an olive tree. For the Greeks, he was dedicated to Athena, goddess of wisdom. The Olympic winners were garlanded with olive branches.
The branch of the olive tree was a symbol of peace for the Greeks and Romans. The defeated, who asked for peace, carried olive branches in their hands. Also in Christianity, the dove stands with the olive tree branch for peace and reconciliation. According to the Bible, Noah sent a dove after the flood. She returned with an olive branch in her beak: the earth was green again, life was back.
Of the young plant to the first yield, it often takes seven years. The harvest starts in March and can last until July. The harvest is done by hand or with nets in which the olives fall by shaking
the trees. Or also united with the pruning of the trees, where whole branches are cut and thus the olive with the branch is harvested. The harvesting method also depends on whether we want to record immature green or mature dark olive-black fruits.