Majestic in its beauty, mighty against
the hardships of nature, the olive tree has
its roots deeply implanted in history, with
origins dating back to our ancestor that
lived in Jordan thousands of years ago.
Civilization after civilization have
considered this tree sanctified, they have
eaten its fruits as a delicacy, and used its
leaves and oil. It was first cultivated in
Jordan and Syria around 6000 BC and then
moved westwards to reach the new world in
which it was introduced by the Spanish
settlers in the year 1500AD. According to
the Old Testament, it was an olive branch
that the dove brought back to Noah which let
him know that the land was safe once again.
A garland of olive leaves, a symbol of honor
was found in the tomb of Tutankhamen.
Pickled olives were found stored in the
ruins of Pompeii..
The Greeks consecrated the tree to Minerva
(goddess of wisdom and health). They also
considered it together with its oil a symbol
of abundance and courage and crowned the
victorious athletes in their Olympic games
with its leaves. In fact the olive tree was
so important that has been mentioned several
times in the Iliad, the Odyssey and the
Throughout the Mediterranean basin, olive
oil has been used for thousands of years as
a source of youth, beauty and health.
It was blended with herbs and essences to
prepare ointments for different therapeutic
and cosmetic uses. It was also used for
religious purposes. In pre-biblical
religions it was consecrated and offered to
the gods. Israelites, since the time of
Moses, burn it in the lamps of the
synagogues and use it to prepare ointments.
Orthodox-Christians use it in the holy
unction used in ceremonies such as baptism.
Today, Jordan is one of the main producers
of olive oil, this latter production is of
very high quality due to the ideal growing
conditions of the trees (solitude, rocky
fields, dry hot summers, and rainy winters)
and to the method used to extract the oil.
This method has been passed on from father
to son in families that have made olives and
olive oil their business and way of living.