See why our olive oil is best
The Olive Center at UC Davis published a report in 2010 which found that more than 70% of olive oils found on shelves are considered fake.
"Our testing indicated that the samples [of top-selling imported olive oil] failed extra virgin olive oil standards for reasons that include one or more of the following: (a) oxidation by exposure to elevated temperatures, light, and/or aging; (b) adulteration with cheaper refined olive oil; and (c) poor quality oil made from damaged and overripe olives, processing flaws, and/or improper oil storage."
We're passionate about olive oil, to say the least. After finding so much fraud within the Olive Oil industry, we couldn't help but feel the need share our family secret.
Rooted in Tradition
Our family has been managing our olive estates – on both sides – for hundreds of years. The records go back for centuries, though we are positive it has been steadily running longer than that. In fact, the same exact traditions that have been used through the years are continued in our harvesting and bottling practices today.
We only use one type of olive, the koroneiki olive, known to produce velvety-smooth olive oil. It's considered the “queen of olives” in Greece and is recognized worldwide as one of the two preferred olives for oil production. As a relatively small olive, it takes more work to create the same amount of olive oil, but yields significantly more antioxidants and polyphenols.Hand-Picked
The olives are plucked off the trees by hand, never a machine in order to be inspected, cleaned, and processed. We have never used chemical processing or refining, nor will we ever.
The olives are transferred by hand to a spinning machine that separates the oil from the fruit. To keep the oil at highest quality and purity, we keep our extraction temperatures low, making this olive oil truly extra virgin.Unfiltered
We keep our EVOO unfiltered so our customers get the best-tasting experience out there. Some settling may occur, which is known to increase color and flavor.