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AGRELOS Cretan Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 8.5 fl. oz.

AGRELOS Cretan Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 8.5 fl. oz.

Regular price $10.00 USD
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 Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
  • Organic Certification: Organic olive oil is produced from olives that are grown using organic farming practices. This means that no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers are used, and the olives are cultivated in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner.
  • Characteristics: The flavor profile of organic extra virgin olive oil can vary, but it's often described as fresh, fruity, and full-bodied. The specific flavor notes can depend on the olive variety, region, and production methods.
  • Use: Organic olive oil is versatile and can be used in various culinary applications, including salad dressings, sautéing, roasting, and baking. It works well in both raw and cooked dishes, making it a staple in many kitchens that prioritize organic and sustainable ingredients.

Both early harvest and organic extra virgin olive oils are highly regarded for their quality and flavor. The choice between them depends on your personal taste preferences and the specific culinary application.

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Each bottle contains 8.5 fl. oz / 250 mL of olive oil.

Farm Information

Olive oil from Crete, Greece, is highly regarded for its exceptional quality and rich history. Cretan olive oil is considered among the finest in the world due to several factors, including the region's ideal climate, centuries-old olive tree groves, and traditional methods of olive oil production. Here is some information about olive oil from Crete:

Varietals: Crete is home to several olive tree varietals, with the Koroneiki olive being the most prominent. The Koroneiki olive is known for its small size but high oil content, resulting in a flavorful and aromatic oil. Other varietals like the Tsounati and Mastoidis are also grown in Crete.

Climatic Conditions: The Mediterranean climate of Crete, with its mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers, is well-suited for olive cultivation. The island's fertile soil and abundant sunshine contribute to the high quality of Cretan olive oil.

Traditional Methods: Olive oil production in Crete often adheres to time-honored methods, with olives being hand-picked from ancient groves. The traditional stone mills (known as "matas") and hydraulic presses are still used in some areas, emphasizing the artisanal nature of Cretan olive oil.

Health Benefits: Cretan olive oil is recognized for its health benefits, as it is a key component of the Mediterranean diet. It is rich in monounsaturated fats, polyphenols, and antioxidants, which are associated with heart health, anti-inflammatory properties, and overall well-being.

Flavor Profile: Cretan olive oil is known for its fruity, robust, and well-balanced flavor. It often has notes of fresh grass, green herbs, and a pleasant peppery finish, which is indicative of its high-quality and freshness.

Purity and Quality: Many Cretan olive oil producers take pride in maintaining the purity and quality of their oil. Cold-pressing methods are commonly used to extract the oil, ensuring that it retains its natural flavors and nutrients.

Geographic Indication: Some Cretan olive oils have received Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status or Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status from the European Union, which indicates a specific geographical origin and adherence to certain production standards.

Culinary Uses: Cretan olive oil is a versatile ingredient used in a wide range of Mediterranean and Greek dishes. It is used for salad dressings, marinades, sautéing, roasting, and drizzling over finished dishes for added flavor.

Sustainability: Many olive oil producers in Crete focus on sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices, respecting the ancient olive groves and preserving the ecosystem.

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Pairs Well With

Both Cretan Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil can pair well with a wide range of dishes, enhancing their flavors. Here are some foods and dishes that complement these olive oils:

Cretan Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

Greek Salad (Horiatiki): Drizzle early harvest olive oil over a classic Greek salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and feta cheese.
Grilled Meats: Use the robust flavor of this oil to marinate and baste grilled meats like lamb, chicken, or beef.
Hearty Vegetable Dishes: Roasted or grilled vegetables, such as eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers, benefit from the strong taste of early harvest olive oil.
Pasta Dishes: Drizzle over pasta dishes with bold flavors, such as garlic, chili, and anchovies, for a Mediterranean kick.
Bread Dipping: Serve with crusty bread, herbs, and spices for a flavorful dipping experience.
Bruschetta: Drizzle over bruschetta with tomatoes, garlic, basil, and a sprinkle of sea salt.
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

Salads: Use organic olive oil in vinaigrettes for green salads, grain salads, and bean salads.
Sautéing and Stir-Frying: Its versatility and mild, fruity flavor make it suitable for sautéing and stir-frying a variety of ingredients.
Baking: Replace butter or other oils with organic olive oil in baking recipes for a healthier alternative.
Marinades: Create flavorful marinades for fish, chicken, or tofu with organic olive oil, herbs, and citrus.
Grilled Vegetables: Drizzle organic olive oil over grilled vegetables to keep them moist and add a subtle fruity note.
Pesto: Use in homemade pesto for a fresh and vibrant sauce.
Hummus and Dips: Incorporate into dips like hummus, baba ghanoush, or tzatziki for a smooth texture and depth of flavor.
The choice between these two types of olive oil depends on the intensity of flavor you desire in your dishes. The robust and peppery Cretan Early Harvest Olive Oil is best for dishes where the oil's taste plays a central role, while Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil offers versatility for a wide range of culinary applications and can complement various flavors without overpowering them.

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