Although the true origins of the olive tree remain buried in the mists of time, a recent study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B indicates that the olive was first domesticated in the Eastern Mediterranean. Despite this research, many still believe that its origins and spread are still a subject of debate. What is known however is that its existence dates back to the twelfth millennium BC and that these trees have for centuries been the symbol of the Mediterranean culture.

Olive trees have been cultivated whole heartedly by Greek producers for more than 4000 and are considered an uncontested icon of cultural heritage and a national emblem of victory, peace, unity and prosperity. The oldest olive tree estimated to be 2000 to 4000 years old is also found in Greece and interestingly enough it still produces olives today.