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When first olives were cultivated and where?

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Asked by Ramesh Agarwal, 26 Dec '09 09:16 pm
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Olive culture has ancient roots. Fossilized remains of the olive tree's ancestor were found near Livorno, in Italy, dating from twenty million years ago, although actual cultivation probably did not occur in that area until the fifth century B.C. Olives were first cultivated in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean, in the region known as the "fertile crescent," and moved westwards over the millennia.

Beginning in 5000 B.C. And until 1400 B.C., olive cultivation spread from Crete to Syria, Palestine, and Israel; commercial networking and application of new knowledge then brought it to Southern Turkey, Cyprus, and Egypt. Until 1500 B.C., Greeceparticularly Mycenaewas the area most heavily cultivated. with the expansion of the Greek colonies, olive culture reached Southern Italy and Northern Africa in the eighth century B.C., then spread into Southern France. Olive trees were planted in the entire Mediterranean basin under Roman rule.
Answered by Shikha Aggarwal, 26 Dec '09 11:53 pm

 
  
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Must be very very old because ( Biblical record) when Noah sent out an dove out of the ark to see whether the waters reduced or not, the pegeon flew the whole day and in the evening brought a leaf of olive in its beak. so as a member said 7000 years ago it must be so.
Answered by sharad sharad, 26 Dec '09 09:31 pm

 
  
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The olive tree seems to have been native in the Mediterranean region and Western Asia and spread to nearby countries from there. It is estimated the cultivation of olive trees began more than 7000 years ago.The ancient Greeks used to smear olive oil on their bodies and hair as a matter of grooming and good health.
Answered by Pardeep kapoor, 26 Dec '09 09:19 pm

 
  
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