and olive oil were the foundation of the Cretan economy. The Minoan villa
in Vathypetro, near Archanes, in the province of Heraklion, dates back to about
1500B.C.E. and includes a stone oil press.
experts maintain that a press in Phaistos is even older. Even today,
two-thirds of the island’s cultivable land is put to olives.
farming in Crete remains based mainly on small traditional family owned plantations
with a central community processor. Strict disciplines ensure that the
olives are healthy, picked at the optimum moment, and delivered to the
processors at the end of each day’s harvesting. Koroneiki oils are noted for
their fruitiness and their stability, which means that they keep their flavor
and freshness a longtime. The Greeks themselves consume more olive oil
than any other nation and with this olive oil, you can taste why.
Early Harvest November 2014