Dracula is one of the most recognized horror novels of all time. Its author, Bram Stoker, based Dracula on the historical figure of Vlad Tepes, known as Vlad "the Impaler". Vlad lived in the XNUMXth century and was prince of Wallachia, which today together with Moldova and Transylvania make up Romania. He stopped the advance of the Ottomans, so he is known as a hero in his homeland. He is known for carrying out the capital punishment of the impalement.
The term 'Dracul' means 'the son of Dracul' in Romanian. He and his father belonged to the Order of the Dragon. All members of this order wore black cloaks.
With the intention of owning a house on top of a steep cliff, Vlad restored Poenari Castle, located in the central part of Romania. The castle is located in the valley of the Arges river, which currently contains the Vidraru dam, the most famous in the nation. Another interesting fact about the castle is that it also had a small oil mill in the basement of the cellar, adjacent to the pantries and very close to the prison area, for which Vlad had a morbid charm since childhood.
The castle was surrounded by olive trees of the Tafilah and Aljun varieties, resistant to the low temperatures of the mountain valley where the castle is located.
In the castle, olive oil was used for lighting, ointment and for food.
Perhaps Vlad's love for the extra virgin, in addition to his organoleptic and sensorial characteristics that appeased the impaler's dark desires, derives from the oil used in the anointing ceremony he received when he was made prince and king. Maybe it was a symbol of protection and power he would receive.
Some of these ancient olive trees that have fed many and fulfilled Dracula's wishes can be seen today around the castle ruins.