The history of the olive, the tree produces the fruit of the olive oil produced is lost in the mists of time. It is said that first appeared in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Recently, in the Greek islands of Santorini and Nisyros, found fossilized olive leaves, dating back about 50-60000 years ago. Archaeological findings show that the cultivated olive tree in Greece and particularly in the island of Crete was from 7000 BC. Scientists after investigations, accept that prehistoric people used the Mediterranean olives in their diet.
The olive tree is considered sacred to the peoples of the Mediterranean, as they offer valuable nutrition and health oil for more than 6,500 years. From organic residues found on fragments of pottery 6500 years old, we found out that the inhabitants of Crete and Mycenae at that time, systematically were using olive oil in their cooking.