Extra virgin olive oil from Crete island 1lt.



Extra virgin olive oil from Crete island, is an exquisite gift of nature to mankind. It is the juice from the fruit of the olive tree which has been cultivated in Greece for thousands of years. Taste our extra virgin olive oil and you will be fascinated by its fresh taste and intense aroma followed by a gentle bitter aftertaste all of which are the characteristics of virgin olive oil.

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What is olive oil.

Olive oil is the pure juice of the olives as is extracted with cold-pressing. The procedure of the production of olive oil since the earliest times until today has undergone minor changes which most of the times have to do either with small details or with the use of more modern equipment for better results.

The process of the oil production is the following:

The olives are harvested in the groves between October to December depending on the type of the olive and the area. When the fruit is ripe for harvesting large sheets are placed under the trees which are then shaken with rods and combs in order to collect the crop and bag it ready to be taken to the press.There, with special equipment, the fruit is separated from the leaves and washed with fresh water in order to remove the dirt. The next phase is the mashing of the olives in metallic cylinders until they become paste like and then the paste is stirred inside special machines which are called softeners. Inside the softeners the little droplets of the olive oil are joined together and this concludes the mechanical extraction of the olive oil. The separation of the paste from the olive oil is done by centrifuging. The remaining water is extracted with a second stage of centrifuging which follows and now the olive oil is ready for consumption.

The history of the olive oil.

The olive oil tree was considered by ancient Greeks as a divine gift, as it was given according to mythology, as a present from Goddess Athena to the town of Athens. The Historian Herodotus in the 5th century describes Athens as a center of olive oil production while the great philosopher Aristoteles elevated the cultivation of the olive trees to science. Homer described olive oil as “golden liquid” while Hippocrates names it “the great heeler”. Olive oil was a basic nutritional element in Attica since the 6th century b.c. The legislator Solon with a series of measures succeeded a spectacular increase of the production of olive oil. The penalty for anyone who harmed an olive tree, especially one of the “mories” which were olive trees people believed that had derived from the sacred olive tree of the Goddess Athina, was sever. In Aristoteles work “The State of the Athenians” is stated that….”if someone uprooted or cut down a Moria tree he would be indicted and committed to trial at the Supreme Court and if found guilty he would be executed.

The production process of the olive oil was as follows:

First the olives were crashed inside a stone mortar which had a hole at the bottom for the dreg (amorgi). Then the olive pulp was placed inside bags in order to be taken to the press. The mashing was made with the help of a weight hanging with ropes from the end of a beam and the extracted olive oil was running through a pipe into a stoneware. The first pressing was meant for nourishment, the second for sulfuses and the third for oil lamps. According to Plinius the most select olive oil was the one which had been extracted from olives while they were still unripe and the second best when the olives were half green without being very ripe.

What is the contribution of extra virgin olive oil to our health.

It is already known that olive oil prevents the possibility of cancer, reduces the danger of coronary heart diseases and prevents the formation of roots which could destroy the cells of the human body.

We present you three reasons why olive oil should be added to your diet.

  1. Shields the body against cancer. Olive oil reduces the possibility of cancer. Following relative research olive oil with its antioxidant substances protect our system from stomach and colon cancer.

  2. Combats constipation. Olive oil is a natural laxative. One cup of warm water, one spoonful of olive oil and a spoonful of lemon in the morning will be enough to stop your suffering.

  3. It has anti-inflammatory action. The anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil are based on oleokanthali which in fact is the substance which causes the “burning” feeling in the back of our throat and is responsible for the anti-inflammatory action of the olive oil.

Always be advised by your nutritionist about the correct quantities in your diet.

Ideas how to enjoy Cretan extra virgin olive oil.

  • In salads.

  • In frying.

  • In the dressing.

  • With garlic and rosemary.

  • Reviews (1)
  • By on  13 Feb. 2017 (Extra virgin olive oil from Crete island 1lt.) :

    Fruity flavor and very fresh Greek olive oil

    The extra virgin olive oil from Pure Greek Food is one of my several favorites. Very fresh taste and fruity flavor. Is the best tasting olive oil that I have ever tried!

    Thank you very much for your kind words

    Shop owner reply on 13 Feb. 2017

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