Organic Kalamon olives
The renowned “Kalamon” variety, widely known as table olive, famous for its exquisite taste and crisp flesh, in a renewed organic variation.
Its shiny purple black fruit contains a multitude of nutrients, valuable for the human body. For our organic olives the curing is accomplished directly into low concentration brine, through natural fermentation process.
As a pilot, Apostolos Gkletsos spent a large part of his professional life in the Air Force. For many years the family olive groves were simply part of his childhood memories. At some point, however, they began to take on the shape of an alternative professional -and unexpectedly charming- perspective. His vision, as well as his love for nature and its valuable fruit, was shared by Kerasia Skiathiti who, as a chemist, brought to Greenolia a different and particularly useful background. This is how Greenolia began its journey; a family business that gradually grew, becoming a group of people that share the same vision and love for the olive tree and its production.
Driving force behind Greenolia is our love for the Greek nature. This is our starting point, our focus and our pride. We respect and serve it. We cultivate our own olive groves. We also work together with recognized certified growers, millers and standardizers who share our high quality standards. Tasty and healthy eating is our passion. This is why we want to offer the consumer an honest product that he can trust and will be able to incorporate into his everyday life, enjoying its unique quality and special value.
In Greenolia we believe that the Greek land is precious and unique. We express this conviction in the packaging of our products, where beautiful, inspiring and characteristic Greek images are chosen and depicted. The journey of our products begins in the family olive groves, in the area of Stylida, on the outskirts of Mount Othrys, with olives of the Amfissis (Konservoelia) variety. It also starts in small selected olive groves in Peloponnese -one of the largest olive-growing areas of Greece with the famous Koroneiki variety. We have made them part of the Greenolia products because we share the same philosophy and high quality standards with their producers.
The importance of olive oil over the years
According to Greek tradition, the first olive tree was a gift from the goddess Athena, planted on the Acropolis. When goddess Athena bested god Poseidon in a quarrel over patronage of the city of Athens, she donated the olive tree to its inhabitants. They planted it, cultivated it, and depicted the goddess Athena in Athenian coins with an olive wreath and an amphora with oil.
In Ancient Greece, the olive tree held an important place in the economy and was considered a symbol of wisdom and prosperity. In those days, olive oil was the main ingredient in the diet and the treatments. It was also used in cosmetics or as means of heating and lighting, even as a currency. In sports events, such as in the Olympic Games, winners were crowned with an olive branch.
The use of olive oil remains necessary these days. Its ingredients, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which are among the good fats, make it different from other vegetable oils. Also, olive oil is a source of antioxidants and helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.