The birth of tragedy and triumph

The Aegean islands took their name from the King Aegean whose son Theseus was sent to battle against the mythological minotaur creature in ancient Crete. King Aegean instructed his son and the sailors that upon their return to hoist a white sail if his son was victorious and a black sail if he was killed. They sailed away to Crete with black sails to signify the somberness of the event. When returning from the victorious battle against the minotaur nor Theseus nor the other sailors remembered to change the sails from black to white when returning. King Aegean standing on the cliffs of cape Sounion upon seeing the black sails on his son`s ship he assumed his most beloved son was dead. Uncontrolled sorrow took him over and he fell off the cliff to his death. This is how this sea holding the most precious island jewels of the Mediterranean took its name from tragedy.

The Aegean Sea is home to thousands of islands each unique not only in the terrain but also the culture of its people. This is where the sea faring skills of the ancient sea faring Hellenes learned to sail and to navigate. They honed their skills to the point where they became the most skilled navigators and most capable sea faring nation. They carried their cargo of the most precious high phenolic “medicinal” EVOO in ancient times to Troy, the Baltic sea, Israel, Egypt, Sicily, France, Spain, and even to modern day Britain. Legend has it the name Britain originated from the first person to settle there who was called Brutus; he was a sailor who landed there after the Trojan war. They even travelled over land and sea to India and beyond with Alexander the Great’s epic journey.

To this day, the modern-day Greeks still rule the seas. This tiny nation of less then 15 million people has the largest merchant marine fleet than any other country in the world.

On the island of Thera (Santorini) they discovered olive leaves dating back over 50,000 years perfectly preserved which makes the question of where the olive tree originated more confusing. We may never be able to pinpoint its origin but we can certainly pinpoint which culture was the first to recognize its medicinal properties, and nutritional benefits. We certainly know which cultural created the greatest marketing campaign for olive oil and used it to expand their trade routes and establish colonies and maintain them across the Mediterranean and beyond to Asia. They planted the olive tree wherever they went. They were the most prolific distributors and traders of olive trees and olive oil the world has ever seen. They traded what we now recognize as high phenolic EVOO.

Modern-day Greeks have rediscovered and revived this precious high phenolic EVOO. They are producing it, discovered ways to test it and are poise dot change the olive oil industry and bring olive oil back to its roots of an elixir of life and for good reason. Modern-day scientists like Dr. Magiatis and Dr. Melliou from the Univ. of Athens are using modern scientific tools (NMR nuclear magnetic resonance) and inventing handheld tolls (Aristoleo test kit) to prove the ancient wisdom of the health benefits of high phenolic EVOO.

Antiparos island was one of the first places where high phenolic EVOOs were discovered. It is a very small island less than 2,000 inhabitants. It has a long history and Doric temples from 500BC. This year we had only one entry and a very worthy one. There are many other islands in the Aegean with high phenolic EVOO like Thassos, Mitilini (Lesvos ), and of course Crete which has an article on its own.

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