The Importance of the Olive Tree to Mediterranean Cuisine

Posted by Aybla Grill Greek Mediterranean Food on Monday, October 15, 2018

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The image above showcases the geographic distribution of the Olive Tree.

The olive is the staple of all Mediterranean cuisine, from the oil that is pressed from the olive fruit to the fruit itself. As you can see, most of the distribution is along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, this is mostly due to the close trade ties among the cultures that surround the sea, but is also due to how fickle the olive tree is about the environment it grows in. The olive tree distribution is limited by frost and availability of water—making the olive so iconic to Mediterranean cuisine.

The Mediterranean diet is a set of eating habits that have continued for millennia. Olive oil is known for both its gastronomic and health-related virtues and has a fundamental role in the Mediterranean diet as the main ingredient upon which to build most of the region’s dishes. Olive oil itself is the foodstuff that provides the most calories in the Mediterranean diet and is the only natural product on earth that is made, in the vast majority, from fatty acid.

Thanks to olive oil, our menu includes a balanced mix of nutritional components, providing the best sources of calories, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients.

Aybla Grill has recently opened a new Greek Mediterranean restaurant in Portland. Not only do we offer some of the best Greek food in Portland, but we are also one of the few halal restaurants in the city. Please check out our food carts and call 971-328-2041 for catering.



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