The olive is a fruit central to all Mediterranean cultures. When you think of olives, you think of olive oil. Maltese olive oil dates back as far as the Roman era, where areas were set aside in the many villas built across the island specifically for agricultural activities, particularly the pressing and processing of olive oil. Here, the wooden structures of the olive-presses would be mounted on large rectangular blocks of stone for the pressing to take place. Historically, olive oil is a cultural feat visible in many aspects of our culture from the trees across our landscape to the names of towns like Zebbug in Gozo, Haz-Zebbug in Malta and iz-Zejtun in Malta.