Today is our fourth day in Chania, Crete. We have been keeping super busy since we have arrived at The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (M.A.I.Ch). M.A.I.Ch is an educational and research institute focusing on the Mediterranean agriculture. Over the past few days we have traveled to: Terra Creta to see and learn how olive oil is produced and distributed, an olive oil museum where the oldest living Olive Tree remains, and also to the Botanical Garden of Crete where we learned how to identify different herbs and spices in nature. My favorite part of this week so far has been the Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete. When we first arrived at the gardens we were given a lecture all about the history of the gardens, herbs, spices, and endemic plants on the property. Afterwards we joines the head chef at the gardens for a little cooking lesson. We learned how to make stuffed grape leaves as well as Boureki(Greek potato casserole). We finished our day off with an Herb scavenger hunt throughout the gardens trails. along the path we experienced different sections of plants including but not limited to Tropical, Mediterranean, and Medicinal. Something very unexpected was free roaming peacocks throughout the garden. Once we found and identified all of the herbs, we headed back up the mountain to the main building of the garden and waited for everyone to finish. Once we arrived back I bought a bunch of amazing dried Figs and Mountain tea. All in all it was an amazing day full of beautiful sights, new knowledge, and amazing food.
**In Crete there are over 35 million Olive Trees!**
**The oldest olive tree in Crete is estimated to be between 2000-4000 years old!**