Kastania Extra Virgin Olive Oil Koroneiki Blend
Kastania Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from a blend of roughly 80 percent Koroneiki olives and 20 percent Athinolyia olives. Both varieties are highly valued for their flavor and nutritional content. Our olive oil is completely organic: there are no fertilizers, pesticides or other chemicals used during its cultivation or during production.
Our oil has a free acidity content of less than 0.35 percent, which is far below the cutoff needed to qualify as extra virgin. This low acidity assures that our oil will retain its fresh and distinctive flavor for several years after the harvest. Try it, and see for yourself why we are so proud of our oil!
Cold Extraction and Nutrition
Our oil is produced under a cold extraction process. The olives are first washed in mountain spring water, and then they are crushed and mixed into a paste. The oil is then extracted at cold temperatures. This process ensures that the quality and nutritional content of our oil is as high as possible, though it also means we get relatively low quantities of oil from our olives.
Truly Extra Virgin - and Organic
Kastania Olive Oil consists of 100% Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil. Our oil has recently been certified organic by the USDA.
An excellent and authoritative book about today's olive oil is Tom Mueller's book Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. In it, Mueller investigates what is commonly found on supermarket shelves and even in boutique specialty stores and concludes:
"...Most of what appears in supermarkets falls short of the high standards that define extra virgin olive oil, and some of it isn't even from olives..."
"Extra Virgin Olive Oil" is not simply a marketing term, but has a scientific definition with specific technical requirements. Kastania Extra Virgin Olive Oil surpasses all these requirements: see the results from our recent chemical analysis and sensory test.
Our 2018 production was awarded a GOLD medal at the New York International Olive Oil Competition, the world's leading olive oil contest. We were one of only ten organic olive oils in all of Greece to earn a gold medal. Judges described our oil as tasting of "Flowers, Tomato Leaf, Tomato, Grass, Green Almond and Green Tomato." We feel this award confirms what we have always suspected, which is that we are one of the best Greek olive oils in the world!