• It is quite affecting to observe how much the olive tree is to the country people. Its fruit supplies them with food, medicine and light; its leaves, winter fodder for the goats and sheep; it is their shelter from the heat and its branches and roots supply them with firewood. The olive tree is the peasant's all-in-all.

    Fredrika Bremer (1863). “Greece and the Greeks: The Narrative of a Winter Residence and Summer Travel in Greece and Its Islands”, p.213