Yes, you read that right: Olive Oil is being used to preserve the facades of historic buildings.
It turns out that the beneficial properties of this liquid gold not only help keep our bodies in good condition, but also help maintain historic structures too.
If we told you that we had the elixir of eternal youth, would you believe us? Well, OK, perhaps not an ‘elixir’ per se, but what we do have is the best diet in the world: the Mediterranean Diet and its soulmate Olive Oils from Spain.
“The amphoras of Baetica oil are the most abundant or most common in all of the Western Roman Empire. Amphoras appear throughout all of Britain, in Wales, as well as in Belgium and Germany and even Switzerland. They were also transported to Alexandria, Egypt, a distribution port which in turn shipped the oil to places as remote as Arikamedu, on the Eastern coast of India.” Thus, amphoras containing oil from the banks of the Guadalquivir River in Andalusia traveled 8,000 kilometers to India two millennia ago!