Olive oil in antiquity

The olive tree is ranked first among the fruit trees of Greek nature and played an important role in the economy, social development, in the worship and beliefs customs.

The collecting of the fruit of the olive begins from the first Neolithic time. From the first kind of Greek writing (linear B) we have information about the oil, which was used primarily in food, as intended as a base for perfumes and body creams, which may have healing properties.

Certainly there were craftsmen use of oil. Oil was suitable as a cleaning agent such as soap. Even used it for the lightening. Also had close association with the goddess Athena, where he played an important role in the Athenian economy and became a sacred tree of Athens.

Olive oil was used as a means of beautification. The Greeks put oil in their hair and possibly on the clothes too.As much as olive oil and fragrances used in funeral ceremonies.

Olive oil in antiquity also associated with sporting activities and this starts with the habit of young and athletes be smeared for hygiene reasons their bodies with oil before their daily exercise in gyms.

In ancient Athens, of course, held every 4 years sports games, known as PANATHINEA, in honor of the goddess Athena and the oil was the award that the athletes were taking.

The oil from the olive tree, from which the goddess Athena gave a branch to the inhabitants of Attica, as a symbol of divine favor and the fore was a sign of God’s mercy.

Over the centuries the oil is still a valuable product and plays an important role in the economy of each season.

The company KAROUMPALIS S.A. under the trade name AENAON while respecting the conditions of good hygiene and respect for tradition in the history of oil continues since1960 to produce extra virgin and organic olive oil in Messinia