According to the findings found in excavations by archaeologists, people have been consuming pickled olives for 6 thousand 600 years.
During an archaeological excavation in northern Israel, scientists came across the oldest remains of olives ever unearthed, processed for food purposes.
In a statement made by various research institutions of the country, including Haifa University, it was stated that the remains were finally found in an olive storage area, which was determined to be used by people 6 thousand 600 years ago.
Scientists, who have determined that people have been consuming olive oil for 7 thousand years in previous studies, assumed that the conversion of olives to food by brine was 4 thousand years after olive oil production and 3 thousand years ago.
The olive storage was found in archaeological studies in the marine region south of Haifa, in a city ruin that was a land part about 6 thousand 600 years ago but was flooded due to the rise of sea waters over time.
During the excavations, the researchers also unearthed two oval stone artifacts with thousands of olive seeds in the middle. Dafna Langgut from Tel Aviv University said that these seeds are different from the seeds of olives from olive oil.
Stating that most of the beans found here are still intact and not crushed, Langgut added that there is no evidence that olive oil was produced in the area.
Stating that the findings indicate that olives are prepared for human consumption, not for extracting their oils, the scientists pointed out that the location of the region by the sea is important for the supply of salt water and sea salt. Salt and brine are used in the brine process.