OLIVE OIL IN URLA SINCE 600BC!
- Urla is home to the ruins of the ancient Ionian city, Klazomenai - the olive oil city of the 6th century
- The oldest attested olive oil production facilities were recently discovered in Klazomenai/Urla
- Evidence of the first olive oil exports, trading and olive storage from 3000-2000 BC were found in Urla
THE URLA PENINSULA: A RICH HISTORY
Where did the original idea to pick and eat olives, a fruit that is so bitter on the branches, come from?
Historial periodicals say the answer to this question is hidden in the local olive variety from the Urla Peninsula, the fruit of the Erkence olive or the hurma olive, as it is widely known. The olives from the Erkence olive tree are ripened while they are still on the branches, so much so that they are edible right away thanks to the offshore winds carrying a fungus. The color of the olive turns from black to yellowish brown, the fruit is wrinkled and resembles a dark date. This mystical transformation is seen only in this part of the world and was observed by humans long ago, who, in the end picked the fruit, tasted it and later processed it into oil.
Hiç Extra Virgin Olive Oil is proud of this heritage, and feels honored to claim ownership of such a legacy inherited from the land itself, where olives were transformed into olive oil for the first time in history.
For more information on the history of Turkey and olives, visit - Olive to Live