- Published: Wednesday, 04 November 2009 03:01
- Written by The Skanner
Olives are amazing. First cultivated in the countries we now call Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan, they spread throughout the Mediterranean, becoming a symbol of wealth, plenty and peace. The poet Homer called olive oil "liquid gold." In the Bible, it is the olive branch that the dove brings to Noah to symbolize the end of the flood. And since pre-Christian times, olives have been used in sacred ceremonies – the oil was used to anoint believers, for example. It was used by athletes too before sporting events ...