Long Term Olive Growing History

Olive Growing has been the family’s main occupation for centuries dating back to 1750 when the area was still covered mainly by the indigenous Olea Sylvestris and  less so by cultivated olive trees. In 1850 local farmers took the decision to organize olive tree cultivation grafting a large number of Olea Sylvestris with Peliou varieties, officially starting the olive growing systematic cultivation. This was the turning point upon which olive growing gained more space in the local residents’ occupation. A large number of workers worked for a long time to complete the olive groves’ extension

Our olive groves are part of a traditional olive landscape with unique cultural & environmental characteristics. Olive growing, fishing, livestock, agritourism, apiculture, horticultural and fruit bearing trees’ growing are the major occupations for local people, while 90% of the local income comes from the major occupation of olive growing. Economic & social life are directly affected by olive growing and have shaped the local habits and character for centuries.

The importance of the olive tree has remained imprinted in our family as well in  the region’s local culture, where olive growing trees and olive goods production have over the centuries led to the development of a number of practices, customs, rituals and beliefs that have been around since antiquity in practically all areas of life. Each generation  have contributed their own technology and culture, turning the olive into a commonly used product as well as a primary commodity in trade throughout history.