Olives, one of the oldest foods known, are thought to have originated in Crete or Syria between five and seven thousand years ago. Since ancient times, the olive tree has provided food, fuel, timber and medicine for many civilizations, and has been regarded as a symbol of peace and wisdom. The venerable oil of the olive has been consumed since as early as 3,000 B.C.
Thanks to its status as a spotlight food in the Mediterranean Diet, and thanks to extensive research on its unique phytonutrient composition, olive oil has become a legendary culinary oil with very difficult-to-match health benefits. Among its extensive list of phytonutrients, no single category of nutrients is more important than its polyphenols. The polyphenol content of this delicious oil is truly amazing!
It has anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular, digestive, bone health, cognitive, and anti-cancer benefits, as well as a pleasant taste, although its grassy taste is not always desired in dessert baking. We use extra virgin olive oil in some of our breads and find it complements the flavour of many of the grains nicely.
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