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Table Olives: the Mediterranean taste in a fruit

The fruit of the olive tree, except of its valuable contribution to the production of the greatest vegetable oil, it could be itself a delicious delicacy. Table olives were always present in Greek dinners. A key component of the Mediterranean diet, the table olive is not bound to taste. In Greek cuisine the varieties of…
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The olive oil in ancient Greece

Olive oil in ancient Greece was a key element of the daily diet. Like today, so then there were various oil varieties, with three classifications. “Omotrives” or “omfakinon” called the highest quality and produced by unripe olives. The “deuteron geumatos” was good quality oil. Finally the “xudaion olive oil” was the inferior quality oil from…
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Small tasty tips of olive oil

Olive oil helps in enhancing flavor of foods and spices, also pleases our tastiness. Generous use of it will enrich both aromatic and spicy dishes without any guilt because of its healthy benefits. Try these easy food tips using olive oil to enhance your daily diet. Pour extra virgin olive oil over salads. A simple…
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Olive varieties of Crete

In Crete, we are blessed to live in a place, which is the birthplace of olive cultivation, which history began from the ancient time of the Minoan civilization. Wherever you look at in Crete, you will see an olive tree. There are many, but not all are the same. In Crete there are three well-established…
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Olive oil for bone health

Many beneficial properties of olive oil are known, such as antioxidant action and protection against heart diseases. Another one action comes to add to the advantages of it. After a two-year study, Spanish researchers from the University of Madrid concluded that olive oil help to maintain bone health. Specifically, the research results showed elevated osteocalcin…
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What are polyphenols and what are their benefits in olive oil?

A light spicy bitter aftertaste feeling in the throat usually accompanies a high quality extra virgin olive oil. This feeling arises from a type of antioxidants called polyphenols. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidants encountered in extra virgin olive oil. Like other antioxidants, polyphenols fight oxidative stress and diseases related to heart disease, high blood…
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Olive oil and frying

The method of frying is a common cooking practice in Greek cuisine. Frying using olive oil, showed that creates products enriched in valuable ingredients derived from olive oil. Specifically, a tocopherol, terpenic acids and polyphenols detected in fried products. These natural antioxidants derived directly from olive oil. During frying, the olive oil temperature must be…
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The secret polishing Easter eggs

One of the traditions that are not lacking of any Greek home the days of Easter, is the painting of Easter eggs. Tradition requires painting to be done in the Holly Week particularly on Holy Thursday. It is a process that is joy for kids and adults, as they all want to participate in the…
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Guide to olive oil tasting

The tasting of olive oil is an art that requires training and is characterized by complexity. As with wine so when tasting olive oil, we evaluate the aroma, taste and the spicy aftertaste. We also understand the defects found in lower quality olive oils. The quality of the oil seems from the smell and taste, and…
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Watering olive tree

The olive tree has a good defense mechanism against drought, so it is possible to cultivate in dry conditions where no other fruit tree could be grown. Additionaly it has the ability to utilize all of any amount of water which finds in the soil and improves productivity. For a satisfactorily flowering olive tree needs sufficient quantities of…
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