Gastrobotany and The Sacred Olive Tree
The Photo collection shown here is part of Viveros Huerto de Elche owned by Santiago Orts and marks the announcement of a new photographic series landmark of botanical photography passionately devoted to Gastrobotany:
Although I will elaborate intensively about Gastrobotany here I present a brief note about what it is Gastrobotany extracted from Santiago Orts own words: Research and Study into new species or forgotten varieties belonging to the kingdom of plants together with its various components such as roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds for their used and application in Haute Cuisine and cooking
I would like to invite you to join this new photographic adventure unifying three joyful concepts: photography, botany and cooking. Welcome to the world of GASTROBOTANY
Sacred Olive Trees
Odysseus crawled beneath two shoots of olive that grew from a single stock. Aristaeus was the master of olive husbandry along with cheese making and bee keeping. Olive wood were used to fashion greek cult figurines called xoana, figurines that were reverenced for centuries.
Athena won the patronship of Attica from Poseidon with the gift of the olive in order to recreated the mythical origins of the city of Athens.
Olives and olive oil has long been considered sacred. Used to anoint kings and athletes in ancient Greece it was burnt in the sacred lamps of temples as well as the eternal flame of the Olympic Games.
The Olive tree is a native of Western Asia and the Mediterranran. Its cultivation began 8000 years ago and its also note tar olive trees had a commercial used as back as 3000 BC in Crete. They were a source of wealth for Minoan civilization.
- Thanks to Santiago Orts from Viveros Huerto de Elche and his project Gastrobotánica
- Thanks to Rodrigo de la Calle, Chef, Madrid Fusion Revelation Cook of the year 2009, see the New York Times Article Restaurant Review Reastaurante de la Calle in Aranjuez, Spain
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