These days, most farmers use a vibrating
device to shake the branches of the olive trees, and the fallen
olives are collected in plastic crates instead of wicker baskets.
Donkeys no longer carry the olives to the
olive press, but instead tractors take them to the co-operative
olive oil factory. And the Roman amphoras have long been replaced
by large, stainless steel barrels. And yet al these changes
are mere superficial ones. In reality, the production process
of olive oil has largely remained unchanged since Roman times.