History of the Olive tree
The olive tree appeared in the Mediterranean region thousands of years ago and from there spread to the surrounding countries.
It is believed that the Neolithic Age in the Aegean world among edible fruits included gathering olive fruits. In the late Neolithic period dating indeed far older samples of olive available and which come from Crete and Voiotia.
At Nisyros, Kumi and Santorini, found fossilized leaves of European Elea dating 50,000 years.
The Greek mythology refers the olive tree as a gift of the goddess Athena, as a promise of glory and prosperity of the city.