History Of Olive Oils

Explore our map to see how olive oil made its way through history.

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    With a rich history to match its flavor, olive oil can trace its origin all the way back to 5000 B.C. in Persia and Mesopotamia.

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    In 1500 BC, Cretan civilization encouraged the export of oil to other Mediterranean countries, especially to Egypt.

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    Through maritime trade, the Phoenicians contributed to the expansion of the cultivation of the olive grove in the Western Mediterranean countries.

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    The Greek people introduced the cultivation of olives in the colonies of the south of Italy.

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    The Romans increased olive oil production and developed its trade throughout the conquered countries that make up the Roman Empire.

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