The Centuries-old Olive Trees of Salento

Oct 21, 2021 499

BY: Martina Zito

The whole Puglia and the Salento are often remembered by passing tourists, as well as from regular visitors for its natural beauty, the sea, the long beaches and the olive groves. The olive tree, like the vine, is one of the most anciently known plants in Puglia, in fact many authors attest that since ancient times the region produces more olive oil than anywhere else in the country;

it seems that the oil crops stands out around the seventh century. B.C. and there is no doubt that the olive growing has always played a major role in the Puglia’s economy. Throughout the territory there are around 50-60 million of olive trees, many of them centuries old.

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