The benefits of olive oil have been known to people for centuries. However, the olive oil has gone through a major popularization just recently, since its positive impact to the wellbeing and health of people has been proven scientifically through much research. This goes all the way from nutrition and skin care to many other uses.
The fact that we live in Mediterranean climate makes our region very suitable for growing olive trees. The best year for the crop is the one where a little bit harcher winter destroys all the bugs and parasites. Of old sorts of olive trees, here are most present oblica, and little bit less sorts of bjelica, sitnica, orbula and lastovka.
The olives are harvested in October, November and December, mainly by hand and with minor help of machines. The oil used to be kept and stored in stone containers (big dishes) while it was transported first in amphoras, then in metal bottles, later in glass and finally in plastic.
The olive oil was used in history as well as today both for nutrition as well as healing. The lower quality oil was used to make homemade soap. The rest was given to pigs or left outside for three used to then later be used as compost for vegetables. Olive tree leaf was used to feed the animals, while the wood was used for fire. The tree altogether as well as its leftovers all had its roles.
When visiting our mill, you will have a chance to taste local Orašac olive oil.