The first reference to the olive tree in
Greek mythology was when Pallas Athena, Zeus' favourite
daughter, was arguing with Poseidon, the God of the Sea, about
the name that should be given to the city that was founded by
Cecrops, the first king of Attica, and they had to establish the
most useful thing for a man.
The Goddess Pallas drove her spear into the ground
making an olive tree appear that could give light and food, cure
sicknesses and alleviate the suffering of men. An olive tree as
a symbol of peace, light and life, as opposed to Poseidon, who
offered a horse, a symbol of strength, power and war.
Ancient Greeks considered the olive tree as a symbol of Olympic
ideals; Peace, Wisdom and Glory. The only prize that would crown
champions was a wreath.
Pallas Athena the Greek goddess is known for her courage and
her wisdom. Olive trees, owls and snakes are a few of her symbols
which evidently also all appear in and around the Nicholenas estates,
the Home of Pallas Athena fine products. Our fine olive orchards
have been welcomed in the somewhat semi-desert area of Southern