"Except the vine, there is no plant which bears a fruit of as great importance as the olive."
by Pliny (AD 23-79)
Did you know that Croatia is a home to Roman-era olive trees? There are some places in Croatia where we can find olive trees dated to the 1st-4th centuries.
One of the oldest tree grows in Brijuni National Park, a cluster of beautiful islands off the coast of Pula. The latest carbon analysis performed on a sample from the ancient tree’s trunk dated it to the 4th century, proving its very old age. Though a few other Mediterranean trees are even older – some were planted over 2000 years ago – the Brijuni olive tree is the oldest in Istria. You can plan a visit of this Adriatic gem during your vacation. Find out more about this olive tree and Brijuni National Park on this page.
Harvesting olives is surely the magical time. It usually takes the period from the end of October till the end of November in Croatia. 95% of olive oil comes from the Medeterrian: Spain, Italy and Greece. Croatia is also on the list of best-producers and best-sellers of extra virgin olive oil. Istria and Dalmatia are the main regions for olive oil production. As they differ in people, they also differ in products.
Get to know the liquid gold of Croatia!
If you are lucky to be in Croatia on 17-19, November, you can visit the event „Days of Young Olive Oil“ in Vodnjan and taste many sorts of olive oils in one place.
The Days of Young Olive OilThe Days of Young Olive Oil
And during your vacation in Croatia do not forget to buy a bottle of Croatian extra virgin olive oil. Good luck and Dobar tek!
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