History of Olive Oil

Olives have grown in Anatolia, or Asia Minor, for over 6000 years and has represented peace, health and beauty to this land. is also the Mediterranean people’s formula long life. It is a representation the common values of two civilizations. Klazomenai, the olive city of the 6th century, found in Aegean region, and recently, the evidence of the first olive trade found in Urla, a small touristic village of Izmir.

An important workshop used for exportation added new information to our common history. Just like the 1300-year-old tree found in Mut, or the stores found in Izmir, or the words about Kücükkuyu that were spoken by Zeus in Iliad: “There is a place between Aegean’s blue and Ida’s green, I have never eaten such a breakfast with delicious kinds of olives in an atmosphere where there is a strong smell of thyme. This place is called GARGARA.”
  1. Erythrai: Next to Cesme (Ildır) : An ancient city. One of the most important olive oil export centers in 6th century BC.
  2. Urla: An olive oil extraction installation from 6th century and olive storages from 3000-2000 BC were found in here.
  3. Izmir: The olive trees under where Homeros had been reading his epics to his friends and dining them in 1199 BC. From the Epic of Iliad.
  4. Miletus: Thales had been forecasting the following year’s olive productivity with his meteorological studies.
  5. Kas Uluburun: Some olive remnant was found in Uluburun wreck.
  6. Mut: A 1300 years old olive tree still lives here.
  7. Hatay: The motherland of olive. It has the second oldest olive tree in Turkey. Its stem diameter is 110cm.
  8. Agrı: Doves taking the olive branches to Noah’s Arc have been the symbol of peace for years.