The olive is an important part of Roman diet, so we have our own olive grove here at the Villa to supply us with this part. They are infact one of the three main plants cultivated by Romans - olives, grain and grapes.
Olives were brought to Italy from Greece, and we grow many different types. The trees are pruned low, so that the fruit is eadily picked. We sometime let the sheep graze in the olive grove, as there is a lot of long grass growing between the rows of trees.
|Olives are often eaten just as fruit, as an appetizer which was followed by muslum (honey wine), or crushed in an olive press to from olive oil. We then store it in amphorae, and take it to shops in town. Some Villas also take their oil to ports, so that it can also be traded elsewhere.