One of my favorite symbol-isms of pretzels dates back to 1440. The Hours of Catherine of Cleves, considered one of the most illuminated manuscripts from the 15th century and is widely considered one of the great masterpieces from Northern Europe. It was produced by an anonymous Dutch artist, who was known as the Master of Catherine of Cleves. This book is truly an amazing piece of art.

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Kalamata Olives are one of the world’s oldest foods, grown by Ancient Greeks in pre-historic times, it’s still grown in the same region today. Back then these olives were used for more than just eating. The oil from these olives was used for making perfumes, medicine, lighting, and heating.

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