Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil is considered to be the highest quality olive oil available as it is produced by a cold-pressing process, without the use of any chemicals or solvents. This results in a pure oil that retains the natural flavors and nutritional benefits of the olives.
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Organic extra virgin olive oil is made from olives grown using only natural methods, without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Premium extra virgin olive oil is a type of olive oil that is of the highest quality and is made from pure, cold-pressed olives.
It is packed full of antioxidants and healthy monounsaturated fats.
The Minoan civilization was a Bronze Age civilization that flourished on the island of Crete from about 2700 to 1450 BCE. One of the key components of their economy and culture was the production and consumption of olive oil.
Olive oil in the Minoan Era
The Minoans were skilled farmers and were able to cultivate olive trees throughout the island. They used olive oil for a variety of purposes, including cooking, lighting lamps, and as a base for perfumes and medicines. They also used it in religious rituals and as an offering to their gods.
The importance of olive oil in the Minoan economy can be seen in the numerous olive oil presses that have been discovered throughout Crete. These presses were used to extract the oil from the olives, which was then stored in large jars called pithari(next photo). These jars were often decorated with intricate designs and were used for storage and transportation of the oil.