The olive tree, symbol of civilization and peace 1

Olive cultivation was born in 4,000 BC, in Syria, where the Phoenicians lived at the time, and from there it was brought it to us across the Mediterranean. The Etruscans and then the Romans increased olive growing in our area. The Romans were also the first to make a classification of the various cultivars and a classification of the oil, the best obtained from the green olive and the worst that of pomace that was given to slaves.

The cultivation of the olive tree has undergone ups and downs over the centuries, but it has always been a symbol of civilization as it requires good botanical skills and knowledge, as well as time and devotion.

The olive tree, symbol of civilization and peace 2

L’Olio a Buccia NeraAncient civilizations attributed the birth of the olive tree to legends and myths; in Greece for example, the birth of the first olive tree is told in the mythological legend about the competition between Athena and Poseidon for the possession of ancient Greece, in which Athena’s father, Zeus, was the referee. The winner would have been the contender that could create the most useful thing: Poseidon created the horse, a symbol of war, and Athena created the olive tree whose fruit was and is of fundamental importance, therefore a symbol of peace. The race was won by Athena.