Olives and Olive Oil in France

Français : Olives vertes

Français : Olives vertes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Since antiquity, the olive producer has played a very important role in the life of the Mediterranean populations, who think of them as sacred trees. The oil produced from the olives – in the Nice area, the variety is caillettier – has long been put to many uses: cooking, of course, but also for lighting, washing and heating. The Greeks used the olive as a form of currency, and claim to have had the first olive tree saying that it was given to the Goddess Athena and grown on the Acropolis. To destroy a man’s olive trees, they said, was an act of war.” Note: Just like French wines, olive cultivation is an important part of French culture.

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