‘Olives’ in Corfu Island

On Μάρτιος 20th, 2012, posted in: Corfu products by 0 Comment

The history of the olive tree and the elaiodendron the olive originated in Asia minor and spread from Iran, Syria and Palestine in the rest of the Mediterranean around 6,000 years ago. It is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, which exists before the discovery of writing. Grown on Crete 3,000 years ago and perhaps was the source of the wealth of the Minoan civilization. Palms spread the cultivation of olives in the Mediterranean coast of Africa and southern Europe. Olive fruits are also found in aigyptiakoys graves dating from 2,000 b.c. olive cultivation has spread to the Greeks and later the Romans. The use of olive oil is well known in many religions and cultures. Used many times during religious celebrations, such as the mystery of the christening ceremony. During the period of the Spanish conquests, missionaries relocated the vines and olive tree in California, but for food and ceremonial purposes. Olive oil was also used to christoyn the new Kings of the Greeks and Jews. Also, the Greeks stefanwnan the winners of the competitions with olive branches. Finally, the olive oil was used to aleifoyn the dead in many cultures.
Trees in the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, it is estimated that there are more than 2000 years. However, it is not known the diversity of trees in this Grove. The tree has grown so much by humans over time, so it is difficult to determine the development of varieties and clones of olives. In past centuries, olive cultivation has spread to North and South America, in Japan, the n. Zealand and Australia
source: http://www.tanea.gr/ (Greek newspaper)

Enjoy fantastic pictures with ‘Olives’ in Corfu Island – Greece by the famous photographer Vlasis Tsonos 

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