What fresher oil than this, eaten on our terrace......
Greek extra-virgin olive oil is now on sale in Australian supermarkets. The same brand we can also buy in our own local supermarket. Australia now produces a lot of its own olive oil. The climate is very similar to ours.
An olive oil stain on your clothes can be easily removed by squirting some dish liquid on the spot and giving it a brief rub. Bundle the garment up and throw it in the washing machine. Gone.
The olive tree is native to the mediterranean. Traces of olive oil in jugs 4,000 years old have been found in a tomb on the greek island of Naxos. Modern greeks have the highest per capita consumption of olive oil, 24 litres per person per year. That is 2 litres per person every month. Thinking about the amount of olive oil we use in salads and cooking I guess that is about right, even though we are trying to cut down.
We also use olive oil to light the lamp on the family cemetary plot. If you pass the graveyard at night you will see a hundred of these little lamps flickering in the dark among the graves.
There is an ancient olive tree on Crete thought to be 2 or 3,000 years old. It has been declared a natural monument. It's root system is massive and enormously twisted. Amazing. It still produces olives. The branches from this tree were used for the Beijing and Athens Olympics.
There is another tree in a village near Bethlehem which is thought to be between 4 and 5,000 years old.