The olive tree is one of the most iconic trees in the Greek culture; it has been an important part of Greek culture since ancient times. In fact, the olive tree is the reason that Athena became the patroness of Ancient Athens. When Poseidon and Athena were competing for that honor, the people decided that Athena’s gift of the olive tree made her worthy of the city.
Today, the olive tree grows in abundance all over Greece, not just in Athens. It’s also just as useful as it was back then. The Greek people don’t let any part of the tree go to waste. Olives trees are used for their olives, which are eaten for food and pressed for their oil. Even the wood is used to make furniture, kitchen utensils, and even for food. Without the tree, Greek cuisine wouldn’t be what it is today.