OLIVE OIL – ELIXIR OF GOD
If we are looking for the autochthonous product of Istria - high quality olive oil whose feature reflects the autochthonous sort and typical habitat, especially in its southern coastal area characteristic also for classical archaeological sites (ceramics workshops where the famous Istrian amphoras were made) then Fažana and its surroundings are surely one of the few places where the past and present clearly indicate that we are on the right track.
Ancient records of olive oil in Istria speak simply and persuasively of its quality:
Strabo says that olive oil produced in Istria is considered the most exquisite oil of the Empire.
According to Martialis (AD 40 – 103) "oil in amphoras from Istria" is the measure of perfection - faultlessness.
According to Pliny the Elder, by its quality Istrian oil is compared to that from Betica.
As a sign of loyalty Venetians demanded only Istrian olive oil from their towns - subjects.
In classical times the highest quality olive oil was exported not only throughout Istria, but also to Sirmium, Noricum, Italy, Africa, Rome, etc.
Today it is commonly referred to in chakavian dialect as "Homemade oil" or "Fine oil".
Today in Fažana you can taste such quality praised through history in the offer of Fažana's olive growers. Their olive oil made from fresh, healthy and moderately ripe, mostly autochthonous sorts, processed by using modern technologies yields the same quality which was fully controlled by Roman emperors who shared it only with those they preferred to. This very quality is contained in the extra virgin olive oil from Fažana and is available to every dear guest, thus ensuring an even greater bond with this area. It is also important to mention that over the last 30 years these olive groves have been completely neglected, strong chemicals in fertilizers were never used, so this reveals not only a possibility of producing the finest product in nutritionist terms, but also an ecological product.
4000 YEARS OF OLIVE OIL USE:
- in gastronomy
- as a means of payment
- as one of the main ingredients in beauty products
- in medicine - for polishing diamonds
- as a washing and cleaning agent
- for oiling creaky doors
- hot olive oil is used for torturing victims in wars
- for centuries it was used in anointing ceremonies
- it is perfect for preserving food: cheese, fish… it remains durable for years
OLIVE OIL ROUTES OF ISTRIA:
DUILIA and NICOLETTA BALIJA
Galižanska cesta 8, Fažana
tel: +385 (0)52 521 565
mob: +385 (0)98 942 65 80, +385 (0)98 420 125
Pineta I ogranak 2, Valbandon, Fažana
tel: +385 (0)52 520 794
mob: +385 (0)98 937 25 95
Župni trg 3, Fažana
mob: +385 (0)91 76 22 529