AN ANCIENT SYMBOL OF PEACE, FRIENDSHIP AND HEALTH
Anyone concerned about living a healthy life could do no better than to include a generous dollop of extra virgin olive oil, or EVOO for short, in their diet.
This is the opinion of leading nutritionists today – as it was when rooted in Ancient Greek tradition and mythology, where the olive tree was one of the most beloved, most treasured and most sacred trees.
EVOO helps to prevent a number of health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. It keeps your blood flowing smoothly, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and, not least, to help the body cope with stress. It is also rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, and in vitamins and enzymes. The experts say olive oil will help keep your brain sharp.
According to renowned South African organic farmer and author, Margaret Roberts, in her book, Healing Foods, “olive oil makes a superb health food”.
And it is with this in mind that South Africa’s premier producer of high-quality EVOO, Willow Creek Olive Estate, has meticulously produced its award-winning olive oil and become respected as the preferred supplier of EVOO and olive products to leading chefs, top restaurants, nutritionists and home cooking.
Thriving in the Nuy Valley near Worcester in the Western Cape, the estate grows 160 000 olive trees on 200 hectares in lime-rich soil, in a Mediterranean climate. The region’s low average rainfall and fresh mountain water is the foundation for the production of healthy, full-flavour olives.