One gets seduced by olive trees and olive oil. The more you learn, the more inspired you become. As scientists, we have grown fascinated by the molecular structures and physical properties of the oil, especially in the ways in which they contribute to raising the quality of life. We have written about this recently in J. Chem. Ed. As faculty who sincerely believe in the liberal arts we want to know the history, economics, cultural, literary, religious and artistic aspects of the olive tree.
We are lucky enough to know Zeynep Delen, who invited us to Turkey back in the summer of 2010 to participate in a workshop on olive oil – and we have never looked back.