What is the legend of olive oil?
Legend has it that the birth of olive oil stems from the ancient Greek gods. They knew it good to bless the lands of their people with savory spheres of olive oil and so swept their hands over the land – commanding it’s trees to become ripe with them.
Why do Greeks love olive oil?
Greek olive oil, or “Liquid Gold,” as Homer called it, has been part of Greece’s history since antiquity. It is an irreplaceable nutritional component of the Greek diet. Ancient Greeks used olive oil as part of their efforts to enjoy a healthy life and to promote longevity, as well as a cosmetic for the skin and hair.
Why did Spartans love olive oil?
Greek soldiers are said to have rubbed olive oil into their bodies for grooming and good health as well as using it in their lamps for lighting. The Spartans buried their dead on a bed of olive twigs to protect their souls.