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The olive tree hides medicine.

The leaves, the core and the bark of the olive trees contain substances that shield the heart from coronary disease, while they also have a beneficial effect on the body's cells. The olive provides protection to the heart and blood vessels. This biological "treasure" contains natural ingredients with a powerful antioxidant effect which contribute positively [...]

Top 5 Greek nature

Enjoy the beauties of a breathtaking landscape Virgin forests, mountains and canyons, unique landscapes, breathtaking lakes, rivers, lagoons, environmental parks and museums make up the unique landscape of Greece. In spring, when nature “awakes”, anything you may have seen in Greece is now different. We’ve put together a top 5 of spring activities in the [...]

Flora of Greece

Aristotle was the first to try and describe all the plants and animals; in other words, the flora and the fauna, that existed at that time in Greece. Especially for flora, he wrote his book called “Concerning Plants”, which however was lost over time. His student, Theophrastus, was especially interested in flora, as depicted in [...]

Wild olive tree

Olea oleaster, the wild-olive, has been considered by various botanists a valid species and a subspecies of the cultivated olive tree, Olea europea, which is a tree of multiple origins that was domesticated, it now appears, at various places during the fourth and third millennia BCE, in selections drawn from varying local populations. The wild-olive [...]

Unexpected Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract

By Julian Everson Scientists have isolated the unique molecule that provides olive oil with its multitude of health and life-extending benefits. Known as oleuropein, it is the polyphenol that can help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, prevent cancer, protect against oxidative damage, and help guard against cognitive decline.1,2 Oleuropein provides the distinctive tangy, pungent, almost bitter flavor found [...]

Mediterranean diet: A healthy eating plan

If you're looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine — among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. [...]

Enhancement of super-centenarian olive tree in Corfu

Upon invitation of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Union of Eptanisians (Ionians) last August to the “Institute of Forest Botany and Forest Zoology – Faculty of Environmental Sciences Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany, on the enhancement of supercentenarian olive tree in Strogili at the island of Corfu, the results of the [...]

Promoting a perennial olive tree in Corfu

At the invitation of the BoD of the Ionian Islands of Greece Union to the Institute of Forest Botany and Forest Zoology – Faculty of Environmental Sciences Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden) with the aim to promote a perennial olive tree at Strongyli in Corfu last August, the results of the research, which was completed [...]

The oldest trees in the world are in Crete!

Olive trees of thousands of years of age still fructifying! The olive tree of Vouves is considered to be the oldest tree in the world, being over 3000 years old! The cultural and historical heritage of Crete has an element that is now attempted to be developed and become known in the world: the olive [...]

Olive tree: the Miracle of Nature

The olive or olive tree (scientific name: Olea) is a genus of fruit trees in the family of Oleaceae found in much of Greece. The olive oil is produced by olive fruits that are called also olives. The olive tree has been the symbol of the goddess Athena. It is an evergreen tree with leaves [...]