National Geographic has published an article on July 2016 titled “The Bitter Truth About Olives” . This article has highlighted what MNL Farm has known and been proud of since our grandfather’s time. The article states “Archaeological and scientific evidence indicates that the olive tree was most likely first cultivated on the border between Turkey and Syria, spreading from there throughout the Mediterranean, to Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Greece, Italy, France, and Spain. People in the eastern Mediterranean have been grinding olives for oil the last 6,000-8,000 years. Olive oil was used for cooking, cosmetics, medicine, and in lamps. The original Olympic torch burned olive oil.” These deep roots in the farming of olive oil not only show the true and pure trees that our olives come from but also showcases the level of expertise that our family has passed on from one generation to the next.