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Invest in science, invest in life Today we talk about "Pasos solidarios frente al cáncer" (which means "Solidary steps against Cancer"): the new draft of Helena Andrade, collaborator of Fudación Cris Contra el Cáncer (Cris Foundation Against Cancer). Helena has decided donning their hiking boots and be the guide for everyone who wants to join to make a part of the Camino de Santiago in June in order to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Los Aires can not accompany them on this adventure but we want to do our bit by donating a part of everything we raise during the months of April and May before the road. And, if the ants can move mountains, imagine what a group of Homo sapiens might move! Picture from Andrey Pavlov "Statue of Labour". Thank you Andrey!
Olive oil history The olive tree is the subject of many legends. Dating back millennia, the oil originating from this tree’s fruits has accompanied the history of mankind. Second only to sesame oil, olive oil is one of the longest-standing edible oils on earth. In ancient times, olive oil was used not only as food but also as medicine, in cosmetics and in religious ceremonies. The Origins of Olive Cultivation It is believed that a particular variety of olive tree was selected in the Middle East in the Copper Age (4000 BC) for its large, fleshy fruits, obtained by hybridizing African and Asian trees. The fruit of this olive tree quickly found its place in our cultures, being used as food, as fuel for lamps and even as an ointment. Ánforas encontradas en la bodega del Palacio Real de Knossos, Creta (II-I milenio a.C)Fuente: Los caminos del comer In Babylon, doctors were known as Asu, meaning “one who knows about oils”. The first olive plantations were established in Palestine, Crete and Egypt. Olive oil extraction technology was slow to develop, but eventually became a very important product for Ancient Greece and spread far and wide along the coastlines of the Mediterranean. Primitive Olive oil lathe founded in a tomb from Tebas (Egypt). Source: Sabor artesano Maceta de estribo. Fuente: Cultura egipcia The oil was transported in ceramic amphorae and leather wineskins. People were able to identify the origin of the oil depending on which vessel was used. Amphore from Knosso Royal Palace,Crete (II-I millenium B.C.)Source: Los caminos del comer
Everything is ready to get the olive oil milled on your table! We're close! Almost into the month of January, olives are ready for collection. Depending on the variety the harvest month varies a lot. You now know the source of the Los Aires olive oil that we hope will be very soon in your table, you can see pictured olives on December the 16th of 2012.