Half liter of olive oil from 1,800-year-old tree sells for $6,000 in western Turkey

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 16.10.2017 18:19
A girl holds a half-liter bottle of olive oil in Seferihisar, Izmir on Oct. 16, 2017. (AA Photo)
A girl holds a half-liter bottle of olive oil in Seferihisar, Izmir on Oct. 16, 2017. (AA Photo)

Half a liter of olive oil produced from a 1,800-year-old olive tree sold for 22,000 Turkish lira ($6,046) in the ancient city of Teos in Izmir's Seferihisar district in western Turkey.

Şah Tuğrul, the buyer, stated that he intended to support the work to value and protect ancient trees and their olives.

At the auction, 137-liters of oil sold for 49,200 lira, which were extracted from Seferihisar district's more than 200 olive trees that are older than 500 years.

The oil was extracted by using traditional methods, according to a statement issued by the Seferihisar Municipality.

Turkey's Aegean region has a long history of olive cultivation, with olive oil exports to Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. increasing yearly.

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