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Olive Oil, An Ancient Gift For Health

Plants are used widely in the medical field for the preparation of several medicines. The olive trees contain several components that improve our health. When talking about olive oil, it has numerous health benefits because it is rich in essential vitamins and minerals.

We’ll talk about the Mediterranean Olive, which grows in Palestine, Iran, and Syria. Mediterranean Olive was discovered 6000 years ago and is one of the earliest known trees for cultivation. In Bible, it was an olive leaf that was brought there by a dove to Noah.

The growth of the olive tree depends on various factors. If you live in an area where the climatic conditions are mostly sunny and warm, you can grow olive trees there. The trees grown there would have a sturdy trunk with ash-colored and smooth barks. The wood from these trees is used for manufacturing cooking utensils. Note that these utensils are more durable than other wooden tools, and they last for long periods. The growing process of olive trees is quite slow, but they have a long lifespan. According to a report, the trees on Mount of Olives in Jerusalem are no less than 20 centuries old. Most of the Bible believers are of the view that Bible dedicates the following words to the olive trees: “The fruit thereof shall be for meat and the leaf thereof for medicine.” The silver-grey green leaves of olive trees are the source of “Olive Leaf Extracts,” used for curing fever and flue. This bitter extraction from the leaves is known as “Oleuropein.” According to research, this substance once lowered the animals’ blood pressure. It diverted the attention of the researchers to figure out more about these leaves.

The Minoan Kingdom believed that olive makes them rich. It was also discovered that the 2000 years old Egyptian tombs had olives in them. The Greeks and the Romans also promoted the usage of olives for some beneficial reasons. Several cultures and religions of the world also promote the use of olives for positive results. Many cultures believe that olive oil is beneficial for physical as well as internal health. Greeks used olive oil to rub their newly appointed Greek King at that time. The same was the situation with the Olympic Champions. In short, olive oil had the most valuable status in their eyes. All of these actions show that olive oil is beneficial; you can use it in either way.

Olive oil is rich in essential vitamins like vitamins A, B, and K. Using olive oil has several health benefits like, it makes your digestive system work properly and makes you look younger than your real age. Most people are addicted to the flavor, color, and smell of this healthy oil. Olive oils come in different qualities. Olive oil goes through pressing processes, and different pressing methods have different benefits. In case of Earlier pressing, you get the best quality olive oil for physical use. Whereas, Cold pressing is the process that doesn’t involve any heat or chemicals. It retains the essential nutrients and vitamins of the oil. This type of olive oil is used widely for cooking purposes.

As I said above that olive oil is used for cooking purposes and is better than using butter. Using olive oil is not only a healthy choice, but it also adds a unique taste to your food. If you have any doubt, you can try it out yourself! The US Food and Drug Administration gave the authorization to those ads that spread the awareness of health benefits of using olive oil i.e. olive oil protects against coronary disorders.  

Here is an easy recipe for making “Bread Dipping Sauce.”

Servings: 2 – 4

Preparation time: Around 10 minutes

Ingredients List:

  • Half cup olive oil
  • One tablespoon fresh parsley, minced.
  • One tablespoon fresh basil, minced.
  • One teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced.
  • One tablespoon fresh garlic, minced.
  • One teaspoon oregano.
  • One teaspoon thyme.
  • One teaspoon black pepper.
  • Quarter teaspoon properly crushed red pepper flakes.
  • One-Eight teaspoon fresh lemon juice.
  • Salt, according to your taste.

Instructions/Guide:

Heat the olive oil in your cookware. Then add garlic and sauté till it changes color. Add all the other ingredients and cook for about 2 – 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. The dish is ready for serving.

About the Author:

Andrea Marshall is our Guest Author and is writing for the Cooking and Recipe Website Cookinary.com

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