Simply Delicious Olive Oil - Beautiful, Silky, Smooth
Considered sacred by the people of the Mediterranean for thousands of years, the olive tree continues to fascinate and maintain its hold on our imagination. The olive tree belongs to the Oleaceae family and has a life span of around 300 to 400 years. The precise origins of the olive tree are shrouded in mystery. Persia, Greater Jordan, and the Valleys of the Nile each have their advocates. Some also contend that the cultivation of the olive began around 5000 B.C. on Crete and the neighboring Greek Islands.
The best that can be said with certainty is that cultivation began a very long time ago, somewhere in the Near East and spread slowly westward across the Mediterranean Sea. All major civilizations of the Mediterranean have played a part in the dissemination of the olive throughout this region: Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans.
The ancient Greeks believed the olive tree was a gift from the goddess Athena and began using olive oil in their religious rituals. Homer, the immortal Greek poet, called olive oil liquid gold and the Greek Laws of Solon, during the 6th to 7th century BC, prohibited the cutting down of olive trees on the punishment of death.
Appreciation of olive oil not just as food, but also for many other reasons such as promotion of health and beauty, became ingrained in these cultures. The Romans are believed to have lathered it on their bodies to moisturize after bathing. King David valued his olive groves and olive oil warehouses so much that he posted guards to protect them around the clock. With the spread of Roman Empire throughout Mediterranean, olive oil became a major trade commodity and promoted commerce to unprecedented scale for the ancient world.
Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil is produced with the most up-to-date expertise and plant material; a blend of several Italian cultivars renowned for the excellent oil they produce; each contributing specific characteristic to the final product. The Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil will present you with medium to intense concentration of fruit flavours, it's an intense oil that leaves you with a very clean finish. As you swallow the oil you will notice a pleasant bitterness on the roof of your mouth and a peppery burn down the back of your throat - both distinct characteristics of an excellent quality oil.