In ancient Greek mythology, the goddess Athena, for whom the city of Athens is named, is said to have introduced the olive tree to Greece. Considered sacred in Greece since first taking root in the Mediterranean in 600 BC, the olive tree helped some of the oldest civilizations in history to thrive. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is the prized oil from the olive tree, cold pressed for extra rich flavor. A mainstay of the heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet, EVOO is an anti-oxidant powerhouse, with strong anti-inflammatory properties and one of the healthiest fats one can consume. Thanks to the mineral-rich soil and sea breezes of Greece, Minerva Greek Extra Virgin Olive oil has a rich, fresh fragrant flavor and a pleasing aroma. This versatile oil is ideal for all kinds of cooking: from salad dressings, dips and sauces, to roasts and side dishes. One of the healthiest fats one can consume, our Minerva Greek EVOO is a great butter or margarine substitute, perfect on corn on the cob or dipped in bread.