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Why Oleosophia ?

Oleosophia 2022 Berlin GOOA Silver Award

Oleosophia or the search for wisdom through the olive

 

Oleosophia is the fruit of the wisdom of olive oil and the unification of two families, that of George and that of Marianna. Located along the slopes of Mount Fokas, in the village of Kalentzi, near Corinth, Greece, Oleosophia offers two extra virgin olive oils:

  • Manaki Monovarietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil from first cold pressing – Early Harvest

  • Manaki & Megaritiki – Harvest of mnovember holse

 

The variety of olive Manaki is a variety of olive originating from regions of Corinth and Argolis, in the northeastern part of Peloponnese. This local variety is quite rare and difficult to find due to the fact that it is a more delicate variety in terms of cultivation and yield.

The Manaki olives are harvested at the end of October (early harvest) and give birth to the flagship product of the Oleosophia production: Manaki Monovarietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil from first cold pressing – early harvest. This extra virgin olive oil is fruity, with aromas of grass, leaves, green pepper, artichoke and a touch of citrus. Its bitterness and spiciness are of medium intensity, which makes it very user-friendly. It goes very well with fish, white meats and green salads.

The variety of olive Megaritiki (or Megaron) finds its origins in the neighboring region of Megara. Once the early harvest of the Manaki is complete, it is the turn of the Megaritiki and also Manaki olives to be harvested in mid-November. This extra virgin olive oil is an almost natural blend because it is produced from two varieties of olives that are grown together, in the same field, harvested together and crushed together.

But why this common cultivation of these two varieties of olives? The olive tree flowers in May or June, depending on the variety. Unlike many other fruit trees, pollen, necessary for the pollination process, is not carried by pollinating insects but it's the wind that does all the work.  The olive tree self-pollinates more or less easily depending on the variety. The Manaki variety has low self-pollination ability, while the Megaritiki is more hardy. Therefore, the Megaritiki tree helps the Manaki to pollinate itself. It takes one Megaritiki olive tree for every four Manaki trees (80%-20%).

Manaki & Megaritiki – November Harvest offer us slightly sweeter flavors that remind us of ripe tomato, oregano, chamomile, herbs. Bitterness and spiciness are medium with a touch of pepper. This olive oil goes well with red meat, roasted vegetables, soups and pasta.

Oleosophia presents here two excellent extra virgin oils.  Manaki Monovarietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been awarded several times in numerous competitions, including the silver medal at the Berlin competition in 2022.  These are limited edition products, with quantities limited to the annual harvest.

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