Omphacium (Olympia Variety) Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an internationally award-winning olive oil made from rare olives that only exist in our region of Greece. The organic farming methods we use with care for the environment, in combination with our milling experience, knowledge, tradition, and modern technology, allow us to offer this exceptionally high quality extra virgin olive oil.
Olympia Variety is an olive cultivar located in Ancient Olympia which was almost under threat, as they produce less olives than other varieties and were largely neglected by farmers. After a lot of studies, research and trials we were excited to discover that through a careful extraction process, this significant variety is the richest in phenols throughout Greece, not to mention its amazing flavors and aromas.Awards
2018 Gold EVO IOOC
2018 Gold NYIOOC
2016 Silver NYIOOC
2016 Silver Olive Japan
2016 Gold Olivinus IOOC
2016 Gold Olympia Health & Nutrition Awards
True to time-honored Greek values, Omphacium Olympia Variety Early Harvest indulges you in a lush taste with aromas of tomato leaves, fresh grass, ripe apple, artichoke, and herbs. With an intensely bold and assertive flavor produced from strictly selected groves in the region of Ancient Olympia, this EVOO yields a perfectly balanced spicy and pungent taste. Last, you will notice a luxuriously intense, peppery finish in the back of your throat.Eating Suggestions
Omphacium Olympia Variety Early Harvest owes its intense bitterness and pungency, combined with strong fruitiness to its richness in phenols. This makes it ideal for any cuisine of highly intense tastes. It offers you and your family the benefits of an ultra-premium EVOO, one with the highest concentration of the beneficial plant compounds that keep those on the Mediterranean diet so healthy. Omphacium is especially ideal for pasta sauces, bitter greens, spicy dishes, soups (as a main ingredient and/or as finishing), stews, bruschetta, aged cheeses, paella, garlic mashed potatoes, plus grilled and roasted meats.
What Is Early Harvest?
In the Ancient Greeks’ time, olive oil made from unripe, or “early harvest” olives was an invaluable medicine in the hands of Greek doctors. Hippocrates, considered to be the “Father of Western Medicine,” documented 60 different health conditions that could be treated with such olive oil. The Greek name “OM-PHA-KI-NON,” or “Omphacium,” was given to this class of olive oil because it is made from unripe olives.
The appreciation of extra virgin olive oil not only as food, but also for reasons such as promotion of health/beauty has been an essential part of Greek culture for millennia. Omphacium (Olympia Variety) Early Harvest is an oil rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, as well as phenols such as oleocanthal, perhaps the most important of all phenols. This compound has been shown in recent studies to have numerous health benefits that or only beginning to be understood. Please do read up on oleocanthal if you have chronic health issues, or just want to maintain optimal wellness.
What makes Omphacium so unique is the use of exclusively grown, certified-organic olives combined with the experience, tradition, and modern technology that we can offer. We believe that proper maintenance of an organic olive grove always aims to improve soil productivity, both in terms of texture and fertility.
The award-winning stainless steel bottle of 500 ml preserves Omphacium’s superior characteristics. The stainless steel bottle keeps the precious liquid safe from its enemies: oxygen, heat and light intensity. It adds an elegant visual element to any kitchen table.Did you know?
Olives are a stone fruit much like cherries, peaches, plums, and apricots. What we all call “oil” is really more of a fresh fruit juice in this case. Real extra virgin olive oil is extracted with purely mechanical means, without heat or chemicals and no refinement whatsoever.
Store in a cool place. Enjoy your olive “juice” as quickly as possible once it has been opened, and make sure to keep the lid on when not in use.
Variety: Olympia (Nemoutiana)
Harvest Period: October 10-15th
Harvest Method: Mechanical means and by hand
Extraction Method: Two-phase centrifugal, Alfa Laval
Mass temperature: Cold extraction 23C°
Organoleptic Report: Fruity: 5.5 Bitter : 4.3 Pungent: 4.5
Chemical analysis: Acidity 0.12
Storage: Stainless steel with nitrogen atmosphere
Cultivation method: Conventional