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Olive Oil, A Gift Given Decades Back The Mediterranean olive dates back 6000 years and was native to Iran, Syria and Palestine and then from there, it spread to the Mediterranean basin. It is one of the earliest known cultivated trees and it is further restated in the Bible wherein an olive leaf was that which a dove brought back to Noah, as an indication the great flood waters were abating. A rocky subsoil suits the olive tree well and it also thrives best in a sunny position and climate. For its durability, olive wood is valuable and is crafted into many items such as gourmet cooking utensils. It is reported that the olive trees on Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, are over 2000 years old, which means that the olive tree lives very long even though it experiences a slow growth. Since olive leaves are silver gray-green, and possesses the health qualities of “olive leaf extract” which is pressed from them, it is commonly believed the Bible passage of “the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine,” refers to the olive tree. Extracted from olive leaves is a bitter substance named oleuropein and in the 1960’s, researchers reported that oleuropein lowered blood pressure in animals, this caused immediate medicinal interest in the olive leaf. The olive is believed to be a source of wealth for the Minoan Kingdom and Egyptian tombs dating back as far as 2000 BC have been proven to contain olives. The Greeks also spread the usage of olives to the Romans who, in turn, spread it across their vast empire and thus the use of olive oil has been advocated by many religions and cultures. The fact that olive oil is anointed to the early Greek Kings and was also used to anoint winning Olympic athletes is only saying that olive oil is recognized for healthy benefits for both the inner and outward body.
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Some research indicates extra-virgin olive oil is the most digestible of the edible fats since olive oil also helps to assimilate vitamins A, D and K in the human body. Aside from helping liver, bile, and intestinal functions, the benefits of consuming olive oil includes slowing down the aging process. No heat or chemicals is required in a cold pressed olive oil, thus destroying vital nutrients. Olive oil is valued for its culinary attributes and organoleptic virtues, these being the flavor, bouquet or aroma, and color, therefore concluding that this olive oil is generally the best to use for cooking a healthy cuisine.What I Can Teach You About Foods