The Athenoelia olive, also known as the Athinolia olive, is named after the goddess Athena - the patron goddess of olives.
The Athenoelia olive, also known as the Athinolia olive, is named as a tribute to the goddess Athena, the patron goddess of olives responsible for planting the first olive tree.
In mythology, King Cercops posed a challenge between Athena and Poseidon, the god of the sea, to vie for control of his territory. The contenders were asked to present a gift to the people. The one with the best submission would win. Poseidon struck the ground with his trident, bringing forth a salty spring that offered little value to the Athenians. With a touch of her spear, Athena summoned a magnificent olive tree. Seeing that the tree was good for food, wood, oil, and trade, King Cercops crowned her the victor. The tree and city were named in her honor, and the olive became a cultural and economic staple for Athens, Greece.
Only available in Greece’s southern region, the Athenoelia olive is a rare gem. The olive’s fruity flare and peppery finish deem it a worthy component of My Greek Orchard’s premium extra virgin olive oil.