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The cradle of olive oil

Known as the cradle of civilization, Syria is also the birthplace of the olive tree. Vestiges, such as written tablets, olive pits and wood fragments have been discovered in ancient tombs in Syria attesting of the olive tree cultivation as early as 3000 B.C.E.

From there, the cultivation of the olive tree spread to the island of Cyprus and on towards Anatolia. The Phoenicians started propagating the olive to Greek isles via Anatolia in the 16th century B.C. Between the 14th and 12th centuries B.C., the olive was introduced to the Greek mainland, where its cultivation developed and became major in the 4th century BC. From the 6th century onward, the cultivation of olive trees extended to Tripoli, Tunis, and the island of Sicily. The cultivation spread from south to north Italy, from Calabria to Liguria. When the Romans arrived in North Africa, the Berbers knew how to graft wild olives and had already developed its cultivation throughout their territories. With the expansion of the Roman Empire, the olive spread to the whole Mediterranean basin. Later, in 1050 B.C. the maritime domination of the Phoenicians introduced the olive into Spain. The Arabs have had a major influence in the spread of the cultivation, by bringing their varieties with them to the south of Spain.

Today, the olive tree holds a major place in Syrian agriculture, accounting for 65% of total fruit trees cultivated area. Syria’s heritage and expertise has granted the country with a leading position in olive oil production. The favorable soil and climate combined with thousands of years of know-how and daily usage by its population granted Syria a leading position as the largest olive oil producer in the Middle East.

The city of Serjella

Ancient cities are sprinkled throughout Syria like treasures of forgotten civilizations. The jewel of Serjella shines particularly bright as it is the best preserved and the most beautiful of all. Arising in a natural basin at the bottom of the Eastern slop of the Riha Mountain, the city prospered largely from cultivating olives and producing olive oil, which was exported all over Europe. Visitors can still see the remnants of olive presses, attesting that Serjella is one of the oldest production centers of olive oil in the world.

This ancient city has become the namesake of Serjella Olive Oil, which preserves a heritage of utmost quality, passed down from generation to generation.

A family business

Serjella Olive Oil is produced by Near East Olive Products, the leading olive oil company in Syria located in the agricultural province of Hama. Founded in 2001 by Messrs. Kamal and Omar Adi, father and son, the family business has become the most renowned and trusted Syrian olive oil company thanks to its commitment to quality and knowledge of olive oil. Guided by family values and passion for olive oil, the Company is today a reference when it comes to Syrian oil.