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The Olive Tree – a Symbol of Life

Protection, nourishment, stability and devotion

The gnarled trunks and silvery-green leaves of the olive tree characterize the landscape of Messenia

Did you know that olive trees can live for thousands of years?

The olive tree (Olea europaea) is one of humanity’s oldest and most important crops. It has been cultivated as a crop for over 4,000 years in the Mediterranean, southern Europe, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and has now even become established in South America and Australia.

The oldest known specimen in Vouves on Crete (Greece) is estimated to be 3,500 years old.

The olive tree takes a lot of time to grow and teaches us patience and inner peace

He supplies man with olives and liquid gold, olive oil. But also other products, including those made from its wood, that are used both in the kitchen and in medicine. The olive tree is not only a source of food and medicine, but also a symbol of peace, wisdom and stability that plays an important role in various religions and mythologies.

The evergreen tree grows slowly and therefore produces very hard wood. It burns slowly and its grain and color gradients make it extremely decorative. The tree belongs to the olive family of plants, which includes around 600 species.

With a maximum height of 15m, the olive tree doesn’t want to go high. The more crooked and gnarled the tree itself is, the more productive it should be.

It has developed its special characteristics to survive hot days, barren soils and long dry spells that are interrupted by a few rainy months:

  • Its roots, up to seven meters long, absorb water from the barren soil. Where there is only a little soil over rocky ground or slopes and the roots get nourishment from the mineral-rich rock, the best olives are said to ripen.
  • Even more fascinating are its leaves, which are silvery on the underside and have developed a sophisticated water treatment system. There are openings on the underside that are closed during the day in the heat. At night, however, they open and absorb moisture from the air.

The life of an olive tree

The olive tree probably comes from the area between today’s Iran and Syria, where it grew wild 6,000 years ago. From there it was taken to other regions by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans and the Arabs, because they traded in olives and oil, where it adapted to different climate and soil conditions.

Fossil discoveries of Olea europea leaf impressions on the island of Santorini show that wild olive leaves were trapped by the ash deposits of the Thera volcano during an eruption 54,000 years ago, making the history of the olive tree much older.

Today the olive tree is cultivated in over 20 countries, mainly in the Mediterranean region, where it supplies about 95% of the world’s olive production. There are about 140 varieties of olive trees, which vary in the size, shape, color, taste and ripening time of their fruits.

In Greece we find around 60 different varieties, including the very popular Kalamata olive. It shapes the cuisine of Greece and especially the Peloponnese.

The olive tree is not only a useful plant, but also a medicinal plant that has many health-promoting ingredients.

There are numerous myths and legends surrounding its gnarled trunk

The cultural and spiritual significance of the olive tree is reflected in various religions and mythologies. It can be found in religious writings, has been revered, sung about and immortalized in poems and books.

For the ancient Greeks, the olive tree was a gift from the goddess Athena to the city of Athens, who chose it as a sign of her wisdom. The olive branch became a symbol of peace and victory at the Olympic Games. Winners were awarded a wreath of olive branches and Julius Caesar’s crowned head. For Christians, the olive tree was a sign of hope and life. It was mentioned in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed before being crucified. Its oil was used for baptism, confirmation and anointing of the sick. It also has symbolic meaning in Judaism and Islam. It was mentioned in the Quran, where it was referred to as one of the blessed trees. Its oil was used to make lamps and soaps.

The olive tree is therefore a tree that touches many aspects of human life. A source of nourishment and medicine, but also a symbol of peace, wisdom and stability. It is a witness to history and culture, but also an expression of faith and spirituality. It is a tree that needs to be cared for and harvested, but also a tree that teaches us to appreciate nature and life. The olive tree is a tree that inspires and enriches us.

A green sea of olive trees

If you drive from Kalamata to Gialova, you will pass through green seas of olive trees along the way. It’s worth stopping to take a look at the view; the blue mediterranean sea often glitters in the distance. The olive groves have mostly been in the family for many generations and have been passed down from father to son. Every tree is a family and is carefully looked after. When building Gialova Hills 6, we also made sure to carefully implement the olive trees on the property and integrate them into the design of the whole facility. There is something special about lying by the pool in the shade of an olive tree and letting your soul unwind.

Olive Tree

The Olive Tree – a Symbol of Life

Protection, nourishment, stability and devotion

The gnarled trunks and silvery-green leaves of the olive tree characterize the landscape of Messenia

Did you know that olive trees can live for thousands of years?

The olive tree (Olea europaea) is one of humanity’s oldest and most important crops. It has been cultivated as a crop for over 4,000 years in the Mediterranean, southern Europe, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and has now even become established in South America and Australia.

The oldest known specimen in Vouves on Crete (Greece) is estimated to be 3,500 years old.

The olive tree takes a lot of time to grow and teaches us patience and inner peace

He supplies man with olives and liquid gold, olive oil. But also other products, including those made from its wood, that are used both in the kitchen and in medicine. The olive tree is not only a source of food and medicine, but also a symbol of peace, wisdom and stability that plays an important role in various religions and mythologies.

The evergreen tree grows slowly and therefore produces very hard wood. It burns slowly and its grain and color gradients make it extremely decorative. The tree belongs to the olive family of plants, which includes around 600 species.

With a maximum height of 15m, the olive tree doesn’t want to go high. The more crooked and gnarled the tree itself is, the more productive it should be.

It has developed its special characteristics to survive hot days, barren soils and long dry spells that are interrupted by a few rainy months:

  • Its roots, up to seven meters long, absorb water from the barren soil. Where there is only a little soil over rocky ground or slopes and the roots get nourishment from the mineral-rich rock, the best olives are said to ripen.
  • Even more fascinating are its leaves, which are silvery on the underside and have developed a sophisticated water treatment system. There are openings on the underside that are closed during the day in the heat. At night, however, they open and absorb moisture from the air.

The life of an olive tree

The olive tree probably comes from the area between today’s Iran and Syria, where it grew wild 6,000 years ago. From there it was taken to other regions by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans and the Arabs, because they traded in olives and oil, where it adapted to different climate and soil conditions.

Fossil discoveries of Olea europea leaf impressions on the island of Santorini show that wild olive leaves were trapped by the ash deposits of the Thera volcano during an eruption 54,000 years ago, making the history of the olive tree much older.

Today the olive tree is cultivated in over 20 countries, mainly in the Mediterranean region, where it supplies about 95% of the world’s olive production. There are about 140 varieties of olive trees, which vary in the size, shape, color, taste and ripening time of their fruits.

In Greece we find around 60 different varieties, including the very popular Kalamata olive. It shapes the cuisine of Greece and especially the Peloponnese.

The olive tree is not only a useful plant, but also a medicinal plant that has many health-promoting ingredients.

There are numerous myths and legends surrounding its gnarled trunk

The cultural and spiritual significance of the olive tree is reflected in various religions and mythologies. It can be found in religious writings, has been revered, sung about and immortalized in poems and books.

For the ancient Greeks, the olive tree was a gift from the goddess Athena to the city of Athens, who chose it as a sign of her wisdom. The olive branch became a symbol of peace and victory at the Olympic Games. Winners were awarded a wreath of olive branches and Julius Caesar’s crowned head. For Christians, the olive tree was a sign of hope and life. It was mentioned in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed before being crucified. Its oil was used for baptism, confirmation and anointing of the sick. It also has symbolic meaning in Judaism and Islam. It was mentioned in the Quran, where it was referred to as one of the blessed trees. Its oil was used to make lamps and soaps.

The olive tree is therefore a tree that touches many aspects of human life. A source of nourishment and medicine, but also a symbol of peace, wisdom and stability. It is a witness to history and culture, but also an expression of faith and spirituality. It is a tree that needs to be cared for and harvested, but also a tree that teaches us to appreciate nature and life. The olive tree is a tree that inspires and enriches us.

A green sea of olive trees

If you drive from Kalamata to Gialova, you will pass through green seas of olive trees along the way. It’s worth stopping to take a look at the view; the blue mediterranean sea often glitters in the distance. The olive groves have mostly been in the family for many generations and have been passed down from father to son. Every tree is a family and is carefully looked after. When building Gialova Hills 6, we also made sure to carefully implement the olive trees on the property and integrate them into the design of the whole facility. There is something special about lying by the pool in the shade of an olive tree and letting your soul unwind.

Olive Tree
Enjoy your vacation

Stylish vacation villas

Arrive and unwind. Let go and enjoy. In the luxury vacation homes with private pool on the beautiful Peloponnese peninsula.

EXPLORE VILLAS