Οrganic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Koroneiki Olive Tree Variety)

ehor Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Koroneiki

From the "royal type" also known as Koroneiki, a pure extra virgin olive oil harvested from the fields of Sparta in Laconia, with a well balanced taste and fruity notes. An excellent quality of olive oil with incredible organoleptic characteristics (fruity, spicy, bitter, with polyphenoles).

Quality Characteristics

Acidity (%)

max

0.8

Peroxide Index (mEq O2/kg)

max

20

Waxes (ppm)

max

250

Ultraviolet Absorption

K270

max

0.22

K232

max

2.50

Delta – K

max

0.01

 

Its' features characterise the Koroneiki variety as unique. Olives are handpicked from November until February and the juice is extracted, just a few hours after harvest. This oil has a very low acidity and is rich in polyphenoles. These facts make it a very high quality and exquisite extra virgin olive oil. It has a golden green colour and a fruity aroma with hints of freshly cut grass and wild herbs. It is rich in antioxidants (polyphenols), it has exceptional durability and strong personality. The olive oil is produced via cold extraction of the famous variety of Koroneiki olive, as well as of the unique Athinoelia type which has a mild flavor with its own fruity aromas. When combined with Koroneiki it gives an exceptional Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

  

ETYMOLOGY / ANTIQUITY

From Gk. elaia "olive tree, olive". According to the ancient Greek mythology, Poseidon, god of the sea and Athena, goddess of peace and wisdom, disputed over whose name would be given to the newly built city, in the land of Attica. To end this dispute, it was decided that the city would be named after the one who offered the most precious gift to the citizens. Poseidon struck his trident on a rock and salt water began to flow. Athena struck her spear on the ground and it turned into an olive tree. It was decided that the olive tree was more valuable to the people of Attica, hence the new city was named Athens in honour of Athena. Even today, an olive tree stands where the legend took place in Pnika, just on the foothills of Acropolis. According to Homer, the olive tree has been thriving in Greece for over 10,000 years. For the Ancient Greeks, the olive tree was a symbol of peace, wisdom and triumph. An olive wreath was made, and used to crown the Olympic champions.

There are too many references about the olive tree, according to  

  • Sophocles, the olive tree is "the tree that feeds the children".
  • Homer , in the "Odyssey" refers to olive oil as "liquid gold",
  • Solon's Olive protection Law during the Athenian democracy (600 B.C.), in the first written legislation of the world, prohibited the cutting down of olive trees,  
  • Olympic Games winners in ancient Greece were crowned with olive branches,
  • Greek Orthodox rituals such as christenings & blessings use olive oil,
  • In «Genesis», a dove released from the Ark by Noah, returned with an olive branch to show that the flood had receded,
  • Hercules was protected by wearing a wreath of olive leaves upon his head, 
  • Nobel Prize winner Greek poet Odysseas Elytis wrote "Greece is a vine, an olive tree and a boat".

 

USAGE

Besides cooking with extra virgin olive oil, which can be used also as a replacement for butter, it can also be applied externally.

Since ancient times, olive oil has been used as a way to moisturize and help rejuvenate damaged skin.

Additionally, you may use it to control frizzy hair, for dry cuticles and nails, lips, as a bath oil, even to soothe a dry or irritated throat.

STORAGE

Olive oil should be kept at proper storage procedures, away from light and without exposure to oxygen.  

Ideally, extra virgin olive oil should be stored in a cool, dark place, tightly sealed.