Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO): History and Chemical Composition

  • Antonio Capurso
  • Gaetano Crepaldi
  • Cristiano Capurso
Part of the Practical Issues in Geriatrics book series (PIG)


The historical scenario of olive oil begins during the Copper Age (sixth millennium BC), when humans began hunting, fishing, and agricultural activities: from a spiny bush with small fruits, big kernel, and a little pulp, a thick-oily-beneficial-tasty liquid could be obtained. The plant and its fruit were then improved over the centuries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Capurso
    • 1
  • Gaetano Crepaldi
    • 2
  • Cristiano Capurso
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineSchool of Medicine, University of BariBariItaly
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical ScienceCNR Neuroscience InstitutePadovaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Medical and Surgical SciencesSchool of Medicine, University of FoggiaFoggiaItaly

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