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"Greek olives and olive oil are the best," says Konstantinos Kokkalis of Athens , whose unabashed bias typifies rival growers in the Mediterranean. Since its f abled birth as a gift from Athena, the olive tree has been revered by Greeks, w ho have the world's highest per capita use of olive oil. "The olive," says Kokkalis, "is bl essed by God."
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