In Greek, the word KOTINOS means wild olive tree. It was from the branches of KOTINOS that the wreaths for crowning the winners of the Olympic games were made and so KOTINOS has also become synonymous with olive wreath.
KOTINOS, the botanical progenitor of the olive tree, still grows on mountainsides of Crete. The people of Crete first recognized the importance of this precious gift of nature and found ways to cultivate it, trade its products and spread the cultivated variety around the Mediterranean region. Today Cretans have the highest consumption of olive oil at more than 25 kg/year per person and their diet has formed the basis of the healthy Mediterranean cuisine.
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