And where does Kabylie fit in ?
Without wanting to rewrite history, if the Phoenicians landed with olive trees in order to found Carthage, it was via the Romans that the olive tree was planted widely in North Africa. After the fall of the great empires, the local tribes isolated themselves in the mountains. They carried off with them the olive trees, along with their knowledge (like the technique of grafting).
With its centuries of culture, olive oil from Kabylie earns its reputation. Today it retains the same beneficial qualities as always.
The cultivation of the olive tree in Kabylie remains a family business. It preserves a generational link between those who left and those who remained in their land of origin ''thamourth'', the country of the ''Imazighen'', the free men.
Press in Kabylie (French postcard 1852)
A common origin
The cradle of the olive tree is located in Asia Minor, where it was cultivated under a primitive form. By means of diverse conquests and commercial trading throughout the Mediterranean, the olive tree prevailed as a basic element of the culture, the same as wheat and grapes.
From the grafting and selection done by man, today there are more than 2,000 varieties of olive trees, all more or less adapted to the soil where they are cultivated.
Aux pieds des Bibans
Spreading olive tree across the Mediterranean Sea