Facts About Olives

The predecessors of human beings inhabited the planet for about six million years. Homo sapiens, the modern form of the human species, evolved roughly 200,000 years ago. Civilization didn’t really get going in earnest until about 6,000 years ago, and man survived by using its surroundings. One of the most important tools for this survival? Olives, of course! Certo!

Otherwise known as Olea europaea, the European olive can be found throughout the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, and even in parts of China. This fruit originated between 20 to 40 million years ago. Did our early ancestors understand that olives are positively bursting with nutrition? They’re packed full of vitamins A, E, K and B, and they’re also a bountiful source of minerals and oils.

Olives weren’t just about consumption, though. Ancient Greeks covered their bodies and hair with olive oil to promote good health. Ancient Israelites used olive oil for lamp lighting, sacrificial offerings, and as an anointment for royal or priestly officers. Olives are a symbol of everlasting peace in recognition that an olive tree can live for hundreds, and even thousands, of years.

We’re not sure if you noticed, but at Sicilian Village, we’re pretty partial to olives. Sicilian-marinated olives were our first product. These humble fruits have been a cornerstone of our family gatherings from as long as we can remember. When we’re around the table talking, laughing, and catching up, it’s usually over a bowl of our Sicilian-marinated olives. Whether you’re looking for the perfect addition to your next family dinner or a convenient, heart-healthy snack, our Sicilian olives will provide you with the flavor and quality you deserve.

To bring these ancient delicacies from our table to yours, you can place an order on our website. Feel free to phone us or contact us online with any questions you have regarding our fresh olives.