History of Olive

in Turkey

Olive grows in Anatolia, the land of several civilizations, for 6000 years and dedicates peace, health and beauty to this land.  Olive is also Mediterranean people’s long life formula. It is fascinatling just like Dado; delicious and traditional just like nokcha. This resembles the common value of  two civilizations.Klazomenai, the olive city of 6th century, exists in Aegean region. Recently, the evidence of the first olive trading was found in Urla, the village of Izmir.

 

An important workshop used for exportation added a new information to the history. Just like the 1300-year-old tree found in Mut, or the olive oil stores found in Izmir, or the words about Kücükkuyu that are used by Zeus in Iliad: “There is a place between Aegean’s blue and Ida’s green, I have never eaten such a breakfast with delicious kinds of olives in an atmosphere where there is a strong smell of thyme. That place is called GARGARA.”

1- Erythrai - next to Cesme (Ildır) : An ancient city. One of the most important olive oil export center in 6th century BC.

 

2- Urla : An olive oil extraction installation from 6th century and olive storages from 3000-2000 BC were found in here.

 

3- Izmir  : The olive trees under where Homeros had been reading his epics to his friends and dining them in 1199 BC. From the Epic of Iliad.

 

4- Miletos : Thales had been forecasting the following year’s olive productivitywith his meteorological studies.

 

5- Kas Uluburun : Some olive remnant was found in Uluburun wreck.6 Mut A 1300 years old olive tree still lives here.

 

7- Hatay : The motherland of olive. It has the second oldest olive tree in Turkey. Its stem diameter is 110cm.

 

8- Agrı : Doves taking the olive branches to Noah’s Arc have been the symbol of peace for years.

Olive and Olive Oil Promotion Committee of Turkey

Phone: +90 - 232 - 488 60 00 Fax : +90 - 232 - 488 61 00

Atatürk Cad. No: 382 Alsancak 35220 Izmir / Turkey