The Taste of a Community
Although this souvenir from France may very well be described principally as cute, it is bound to hint at the French way of life found in the rural parts of France. Nice is a great place to visit for this reason and can offer plenty to please the eyes and mind. In any case, this magnet is sure to be a welcomed addition to your kitchen, if only for the subject matter which is of course, olive oil. Olive oil is an essential ingredient in French cuisine adding the taste of a well-seasoned land and community that tends it.
Olive Oil in History
Olives have been has been consumed not only in France but also in all the Mediterranean region for centuries. In fact, they date from Pre historic times when they were picked by the early men populating the Earth. The Greeks seem to be the first ones to have cultivated olive plants. The first records of actually producing oil from olives date from the third millennium Before Christ in what is today Syria.
Olive oil was very important not only for consumption but it was also used for ritual and religious purposes by Egyptians, Minoans and Etruscans. By the Seventh Century BC, olive oil was widely spread all over the Mediterranean area and athletes used it to moisten their bodies when preparing for gymnastic shows. During the Roman Empire, olive oil was taken to other regions in Europe even though Italian oil ranked first for its quality and price. Today, olive oil is produced in many parts of the world. However, consumers, specially in United States and Canada prefer the olive oil produced in France, Spain and Italy. By far, this is a great travel souvenir that you can give a friend who loves cooking.