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Made in Greece
Products : Extra virgin olive oil
Value : Organic
Website : www.efkrato.gr
A precious gift of the Cretan Land
EFKRATO is a premium, limited production, organic, high phenolic, extra virgin olive oil produced exclusively from the ancient Cretan variety Tsounati.
It is an award-winning gourmet product harmoniously combining the bitterness and pungency of the early harvest olive oils with aromas of green fruits, artichokes, green peppers, freshly cut grass, etc.
EFKRATO comes from our family's small olive groves in northern Crete, Greece and is the optimised form of the same pure olive oil we grew up with.
Cultivation & Production in Harmony with the Environment
The way we work with nature is of great importance to us and a key component of EFKRATO's identity. As a result, the cultivation methods we use are stricter than those of organic farming and practically impossible to apply in large scale production of olive oil.
The main way of fertilization is our "cooperation" with horses and sheep that give us organic manure in exchange for the wild grasses of the olive grove.
The olive fruits are selected by hand, one by one, and only those in excellent condition are used in the production of EFKRATO. Olive oil extraction is done every day, only a few hours after harvest. Only the batches with the best organoleptic characteristics are bottled.
Nutritional Value & Health Claim
Harvesting takes place before the fruits ripen, in order to produce what the ancient Greeks called "ωμοτριβές" (early harvest olive oil), which from ancient times was considered the most nutritious olive oil.
Polyphenols, the antioxidants contained in large quantities in early harvest olive oils such as EFKRATO, have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardioprotective and neuroprotective properties (according to regulation 432/2012 of the E.U.)