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CORFU OLIVE TOURS
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CORFU OLIVE TOURS
OLIVE GROVE VISIT, OLIVE OIL MAKING & TASTING
When we think of Greece, in addition to the crystal clear waters and romantic sunsets, one of the first thoughts that come to mind is the delicious Greek cuisine - from feta cheese to fresh salads to unique recipes that satisfy everyone's appetite. But do you know what the secret of the delicious taste of these Greek dishes is?...its incomparable olive oil.
Read its little story, learn about its benefits and discover everything about olive oil in Greece.
The olive tree has been known since antiquity, its true origins are unknown, it may be native to the countries of the eastern Mediterranean. According to the mythology of ancient Greece, the olive tree originated in Athens and the first olive tree was planted by Pallas Athena in the Acropolis.
The Greeks were the first to cultivate the olive tree in the European Mediterranean area; they were brought by Greek settlers or Phoenician merchants.
According to Pliny the Elder, in 580 BC, neither ancient Rome, Spain nor Tunis knew about the olive tree and its cultivation.
The olive and nutrition
The olive, fruit of the olive tree (fruit of the olea europaea) is essential in Mediterranean nutrition both as an edible fruit and in the form of olive oil.
It is a magnificent source of monounsaturated fatty acids. The fruit of the olive tree provides the human body with plant fibers and metals and is the source of vitamin E which is a natural antioxidant. Vitamin E is believed to slow down the deterioration of cell membranes and fight against osteoporosis.
Olive oil in medicine
Olive oil was known to be used for therapeutic purposes. It was already used as a medicine before 4000 BC.
Aristotle studied olive oil and established its cultivation as a science.
Solon was the first to legislate for the protection of olive trees.
Homer described olive oil as a "golden fluid".
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, described it as "perfect medicine".
In his saved works, more than 60 pharmaceutical and medical ways of using olive oil are described, including skin problems, muscle pain, ulcer and cholera therapy, inflammation of the mouth and gums, insomnia, nausea, fever and stomach pain.
Pedanius Dioscorides calls olive oil "perfect for health". He mentions many therapeutic qualities against herpes and mouth ulcers. He also states that oil from wild olive trees is styptic and beneficial against headaches.
Tour of olive oil
Visit of the production areas - processing and standardization of olive oil - tasting
Approx. 1 - 1 ½ hour
Morning tour starts at 10:30 am
Afternoon visit: start at 2:30 pm
Visitors should arrive 15 minutes prior to the visit.
VISIT & TASTING
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