As the archaeological data and historical sources show, the history of Crete is closely related to the olive tree and its essential product, the olive oil. Since the Minoan years, as evidenced by the archaeological finds of Knossos, the fruit of the olive was processed and oil was produced that was stored in clay pots and amphorae and was often exported to the islands of the Aegean Sea and central Greece. But besides the economic benefits, the olive tree was worshiped as a sacred symbol, and the oil in addition to being offered to the Gods and the dead was also used in medicine, sports and everyday life as a product essential for nutrition, lighting, and heating.
So the olive tree and its blessed fruit from the past to today has been the symbol of knowledge, of peace, health, and power. In recent years, international medicine and dietetics have recommended olive oil as an essential nutritional product to ensure health and longevity. Crete, with its Mediterranean climate, favors the growth of olives that grow in both lowland and mountainous regions.
There are millions of olive trees on the island and thousands of families base their economic life on their cultivation. The climate and the consistency of the Cretan soil ensure the delicate aroma and wonderful taste of Cretan olive oil, making it a high quality product with international recognition.