Single Estate (Vasilikogiannakis-Montagnon) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
“Liquid Gold”(Homer) – “The Great Healer”(Hippocrates)
My niece, Tamsyn, lives with her Cretan husband, Georgios, and two sons on the island of Crete. Although their main job is at the University of Heraklion where they are academic chemists, they also own a field of olive trees on the family farm at Mesochorio. Every year they harvest their own olives and immediately press them to create the most exquisite of olive oils. The terrain and the climate of Crete are ideal for producing oil of the highest quality, which is enhanced by pressing the olives as soon as they are harvested; this limits the oil’s acidity and maintains the antioxidant levels. The oil is then left to settle for six weeks. It is not filtered as filtration is done for aesthetic purposes only and it removes some of the key beneficial and flavourful components of the oil, including the oleuropein (which is known to promote immune system health).
Each year they export a limited amount of this delicious product to the UK where their English relatives sell it on to discerning friends. The oil comes in 3-litre cans which are sold for £25 each (£2 of which is passed on to a charity which supports those in Athens made (virtually) destitute by the continuing economic crisis). I have a few such cans available for sale. If you would like to buy any, drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am sure you will be delighted by your gastronomic investment.
Tamsyn and her family usually come to the UK for July and August, hoping to escape the Cretan heat and even enjoy the English rain (!), but should you be in Crete at any other time, I know they would be delighted to meet you and show you round the farm.
View of Mesochorio