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The superior qualities of Halkidiki Early Harvest highlighted for the first time internationally

ELEONES is very proud to have contributed at highlighting the superior qualities of Halkidiki Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil to an article published at Olive Oil Times on the 14th of October 2015.

ELEONES was created in order to present the world to the “hidden treasures” of Greece. One such “hidden treasure” is ELEONES Early Harvest which is presented in the related article.

The comments made by ELEONES and presented in the article follow:

“Argyris Bouras, owner of ELEONES Hellenic Olive Products, told Olive Oil Times that he does not believe early harvest olive oils are popular in Greek stores, although Italians like to use early harvest Greek oils to “blend and upgrade low grade olive oils.” On the other hand, many farmers might simply keep the first oil of the season for their own family and friends leaving little available for the marketplace.

The higher chlorophyll content in unripe olives makes the early harvest oil, called “agourelio” in Greek, greener and richer in healthy polyphenols. According to the abstract of a recent study, “there is a positive correlation of a high level of oleocanthal and oleacein in olive oils with the early time of harvest.”

… The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) method proves the high nutritional value of Halkidiki early harvest olive oil compared with other Greek and foreign extra virgin olive oils, given its richness in oleocanthal and oleacein. The average polyphenol content in the samples from Halkidiki was 495 mg/kg, compared with an international average of 330 mg/kg.

The polyphenols identified in the Halkidiki early harvest oils have been credited with significant anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardioprotective and neuroprotective properties.

…Argyris Bouras explained that the first olive oil of the year comes from Halkidiki, which is more famous for Greece’s largest table olives, the green Hondrolia. ELEONES Early Harvest is produced in limited quantities from olives handpicked beginning as early as mid-September, pressed the same day, and bottled in Halkidiki. According to Bouras, ELEONES Early Harvest (acidity 0.17) has a shelf life of up to 18 months, rather than the usual 9-10 months for many early harvest oils, because the high levels of antioxidants of Halkidiki delay oxidation.”

The full article can be found here.