Fruit of the Hellenes

When the ancient Greeks imagined the “nectar of the gods,” they probably didn’t have olive oil in mind. But as the centuries passed and science succeeded myth, olives have proven themselves to be fruitful in the promotion of overall health and wellness. Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD, medical director of the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute and Scripps Clinic endocrinologist, is a native of Plataria, a village on the northwestern coast of Greece, who’s embraced the harvest of her homeland. She’s taken up a unique hobby growing and cultivating olives on her rural property in San Diego’s North County. Find more about her interest in olive oil and their health benefits here

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