The olive tree has been cultivated in Crete since early Minoan times, more than 3,5oo years B.C. The climate on Crete is ideal for the cultivation of olives....hot dry summers,mild winters with rain and ideal spring for optimal tree flowering. 85% of the oil produced in Crete is extra virgin olive oil.
The Papamathaiakis family has a long tradition of olive cultivation, we respect tradition and strive to cultivate and produce olive oil with care. Our olives come excusively from the Messara area of South Crete, famous for its top quality oil production, in regards to flavour, taste and colour.
1.Crete has 40 million olive trees, 70 trees per inhabitant. The oldest known tree on Crete is at least 500 years old.
2.A heavily laden olive tree. Winter is the time the olives are harvested, the olives are ready when they are 3/4 ripe, being purple in colour.The olives harvested by the Papamathaiakis family are picked and the oil extracted on the same day in low temperatures with modern machinary resulting in a product which keeps its fresh superb fruity flavour.
3.The olive trees of the Papamathaikis family produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This is the oil from the first pressing of olives.Our oil is cold pressed, with no chemicals added during the process.Acidity levels are below 1% giving the oil an excellent flavour and aroma.