Leonardo Olive Oil

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What is Olive Oil

Olive oil is a classical food that has always been present in all mediterranean cooking, that has already conquered other continents and cooking styles. Olive oil is a vegetable fat often more expensive than oils, often referred to as the golden liquid, having in the distant past served as a means of exchange between people from the Mediterranean region and the Middle East.

Scientifically, Leonardo olive oil is an oily juice extracted from healthy ripe olives exclusively by mechanical means and at room temperature, the liquid is a color between green and yellow.

Extra virgin olive oil is a 100% natural product and is considered to be the healthiest fat, due to its composition rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and natural antioxidants.

Besides the health advantages, olive oil adds a special aroma and flavor to the food. See the whole process of olive oil extraction here.

History of Olive Oil

The Oil of The Gods

History of Olives

The origin of olive oil is aptly the stuff of myth and legend. According to Greek folklore, the oldest of Western mythologies, olive oil dates back to the time when Zeus, the God of Gods, had to decide the inheritance of the Earth between his daughter Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, and Poseidon, The Lord of the Seas. The two contenders were asked what each would bestow upon humanity as their greatest gift. In answer, Poseidon struck his trident against a rock and sea water poured out. There was an awed silence. Calmly, Athena stepped forward.

Tapping the ground, she called forth a new and miraculous tree-the Olive. The enchanted Assembly of Gods awarded the earth to Athena and for two days there were celebrations during which amphorae of olive oil were distributed among the rejoicing citizens of Mount Olympus.

The Olive tree finds frequent mention in the Bible as well. In the story of Noah's Ark, the dove that flies in to the exhausted Noah with the momentous announcement that the floodwaters are finally receding carries in its beak an olive branch. Today, an olive branch carried by a white dove is the universal symbol of peace.

Olive Oil History

The Holy Koran too includes the olive as one of its Four Sacred Symbols along with the Fig, Mount Sinai and the Sacred City of Mecca. It refers to the olive as Blessed Tree and of its says, Olive Oil takes the high place and deserves its sacred associations.

Historically, formal cultivation of the tree goes back about 6000 years. First cultivated by the inhabitants of what are now Israel and Syria, it spread to Egypt and then to Greece.

The oldest known written records of olive oil have been found on clay tablets from the island of Crete during the reign of King Minos around 2500 B.C. These tablets speak of the economic importance of this oil, which explains the prolific spread of the tree.

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Benefits of Olive Oil

Homer once defined olive oil as ‘liquid gold’. All across the world, more and more people are starting to find out what Mediterranean people have known for—precisely—7,000 years: the miracles of olive oil. A rich source of monosaturated fatty acids, Leonardo Olive Oil offers host of health benefits, takes care of your skin and can be an aid in home care, too.

Health Benefits

It is now universally accepted that the Mediterranean countries have a low incidence of cardiovascular disease and high life expectancy.

Personal Care

Olive Oil, a good skin care treatment solution for all skin types. It can be used all over the body, on your skin and hair, proven to be a healthy, natural as well as a comforting solution for skin care needs.

Interesting tips

Olive oil is an excellent lubricant, its film moreover fills up tiny rough spots in surfaces, making them appear polished as well as shiny. Now, discover other amazing uses of olive oil except for cooking in the kitchen...