For centuries olive tree and its products have been used in almost every household on the planet. Olives and olive oil as the product of olive trees are used in cooking as well as in cosmetic industry.

olives-after-picking

But let us start at the beginning.
The olive tree has origins for over 40 million years. Some say olives originated from Persia and Mesopotamia and later spread to the Mediterranean region where the first olive tree was cultivated 7000 years ago.

Since ancient times olives have been a delicacy food. The olive branch symbolism is peace and glory and olive oil is considered sacred and holy.

However, olives became a “household” name in ancient Greece and from there they have spread throughout the Earth, and now you can see olive oil from America, although they are still best cultivated in the countries of the Mediterranean.

HOW TO MAKE OLIVE OIL

Olive oil is a liquid that is obtained by mechanical or chemical processes.
Mechanical processes were used in ancient times while the new chemical processes depend from country to country or region to region.

Let us explain the mechanical process as it is still the most used one, especially in the Mediterranean.

The mechanical process includes grinding the olives through a massive mill stones or steel drums.

During the process of grinding which optimal time is 30 – 40 minutes, the olives become a paste.

The process of grinding shouldn’t be less than 30 minutes or over 40 minutes. It is essential to grind the olives for this time period as if they are removed too early or too late, the oil will not have all the best qualities.

When the process of grinding is over, it is still not oil. The olives become a paste in this step which is then distributed on fiber disks one on top of each other and placed into a press.

The press is used to squeeze the liquid from the paste.

After the pressing, this liquid still contains water so it is centrifuged to separate water and oil, and voila- perfect dense and aromatic olive oil is made!

olive-oil-in-croatia

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF OLIVE OIL

This liquid gold has many benefits which are not just in food but in cosmetics as well.

Olive oil is especially rich in antioxidants:

1. which are helping to reduce the risk of chronic illness,
2. inflammation and
3. reducing blood cholesterol

Antioxidants that can be found in olive oil are especially found in extra virgin olive oil which is why this specific oil is used in dishes such as salads and pasta.

Inflammation reduction is one of the benefits of olive oil as chronic inflammation is considered one of the main reasons for forming some sort of serious illnesses such as cancer.

Food experts agree on one thing- olive oil reduces high blood pressure, improves features of the metabolic system, and increases the “good” cholesterol.

Scientists have recently discovered that antioxidants from olive oil can also help in the fight for multiple sclerosis. So there are even more benefits for the olive oil that has still yet to be discovered.

Except for food, olive oil or its extracts are often used in cosmetics. Because of its nourishing effect it can be found in soaps, creams, lotions, and shampoos.

Special tip for the ladies:
Mix a spoon of olive oil with half of a spoon of sugar, rinse your face with warm water, scrub your face with the mixture and rinse it off with cold water. You will get free of charge cleaning and your face will be thankful for it!
Repeat the process once or two times a week, depending on your skin.

washing-face

OLIVE OIL IN CROATIA

Olive oil in Croatia is a golden standard on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
By the golden standard we mean -everywhere you go you will be welcomed with fresh, organic, and local olive oil.
From Istria to Dalmacija (Dalmatia), you will find olive trees, olive oil, and locals that say- Try it with our cheese and prosciutto.
Surely there is no better way to blend the oil than with some home prosciutto and hard cheese. Can you already imagine it?

So, when you discover your best villa in Croatia you can start by planning your checklist of things you need to try in Croatia, olive oil being in the top five, of course.

Special tip:
If you are deciding on an Istrian villa be sure to leave your calendar open to go to the Museum of olive oil in Pula. Here you can find out about the history of olive oil, how it was made then and how it is made now, the texture of the oil smells, tasting, and many more.

OUR SELECTION OF ISTRIAN OLIVE OIL

chiavalon-extra-virgin-olive-oil

A family owned company who started with 50 olive trees and grew to be one of the most known olive oil makers in Croatia. They are well known for their extra virgin olive oil which bares the certificate of 100% eco grown and made olive oil.
No added substances, only natural oil. Chiavalon family business is surely becoming a brand in the Croatian olive oil market so make sure to try their oils.

kalcic-extra-virgin-olive-oil

Also a family owned company who started small and today it has become well known for their olive oil.
They have started with their own olive oil, however now you can also find in their shop other Istrian makers with which they collaborate. Their philosophy is only the best for their customers so you will not be disappointed.

OUR 3 SELECTIONS OF OLIVE OIL IN DALMATIA

nai3-3-olive-oil-dugi-otok

5 centuries-old olive orchard blossomed into a highly awarded extra virgin olive oil from Dugi Otok or Long Island in Dalmatia.
Made by the loving hands of the family Morović who have been declared World Champions in 2020 for their olive oil Nai3 Coratina.

According to the EU project Aristoil from 2019, this olive oil contains the highest level of polyphenol of all oils in Croatia.

bozic-olive-oil-hvar

Olive oil Božić is coming from sunny Hvar, Croatia and their products have been awarded many times. Family Božić are making their oil from three sorts – oblica, lastovka and leccino. All of the mentioned sorts are specific and can be used in various meals that you will surely enjoy.

O-OLIVE-OIL

Last on our list but not the least important – O-olive oil.
Produced by family Škrobica for many years on the island of Čiovo near the ancient town of Trogir, this olive oil has won several gold medals on various competitions including a special award from all the olive makers for promoting and preserving old sorts of olives.
Their brand simply called O has been recognized for its simplicity and quality, a true ode to life.

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