Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pure gold on tap, and plenty of it...

I have lived with these trees for many years on the island.  Lesvos has a world fame for the quality and taste of the gold from the trees. They say there are over 10 million of them. Not so strange it becomes something of a great pride and feeling for tradition. Considering the debate going on in Europe about the quality of the olive oil, I know I am safe buying the gold of the island. I am thinking about going together with some friends and help the local farmers to sell their incredible oil directly, which I have done in a smaller scale for many years. I prefer that instead of letting "the big boys" from big cities come here and lower the price for those who bend their backs to survive. 

In the village of Molyvos, perhaps the best olive press is located, just down the road from where I work. I go there once in a while to meet the people and friends who deliver their olives from their trees to make them into pure gold! Incredible fascination considering the thousands of years this culture has been going on! Anyone can always contact me for this. I wish many want to share this imprint with me! Money to the locals, the pleasures of their work to all of us....  



DOWN THE THROAT

BOSS FOR THE OPERATION, CHECKING ALL IS OK

CANS FOR GOLD

LIKE A PETROL PUMP

ONE OF THE CLEANING PROCESSES

WHEN NOT HAVING A SNACK ,BABBIS DOES A HORSE'S WORK WITH CARRYING HEAVY SACKS

BOSS WITH CLIENT STRATIS, WHOSE OLIVES ARE IN THE LONG PRODUCTION LINE

PURE GOLD, GUARANTEED VIRGINITY

FRIEND STERGIOS AND LOCAL WORKER WAITING FOR THE GOLD

SHOPPING LOCAL AGRCICULTURAL PRODUCTS, FROM HONEY TO GOLD

6 comments:

  1. I wish everybody would pay also in gold for this 'gold'.
    The owners from the olives don't get much for their product unfortunately.

    Nice photo's !!

    Mariët

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  2. All these are nice; I have a few questions though...
    what happens to the pollution from the olive press? where does the toxic waste goes? As far as I know its worth looking into that as the whole operation is illegal...
    Another point is the quality of produce and what the market demands... Europe wants cold pression and extra virgin oil (less than 0/3% toxicity) which we dont have...maybe the producers should look into that if they want to sell their oil.
    Where did all the money go all these years? what investments in machinery and product cycle were made?
    Finally why in the mini markets and restaurants of Molyvos we never see any local olive oil?
    Just some thoughts, thank you:)

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  3. @anonymous 2:41

    Answer No1:No pollution! the water is used to clean the olives mainly from dust. So what you get on the end is just...mud!!! The olive core can be used for heating and the rest i think goes for pig food (mixted with other staff).
    Only for big production companies there is a need for enviromental certificate.

    Answer No2: No illegal operation. Obviously the facility has a permit. For power<4KW getting a permit is a typical process. The law allows the production of bulk oil from small cultivators.
    For more information you can visit the following page (only in greek) http://www.agroenos.com/olive

    Answer No3: 2 types of olive oil. Bottled and bulk. In Greece 50% of the production is for export but only 5% is bottled! Guess what happens to the other 45%. It is sold as bulk mostly in Italy where it is mixted to reduce italian oil toxicity....And then it is bottled and sold...at a high price...
    Check the following page
    http://www.agroenos.com/home/announcements/paragoge-typopoieseelaioladouapomikrousparagogous

    Answer No4: in Greece only the 50% is for export! Even in popular fast food shops (like Goodys the greek Mcdonalds) olive oil is now used. Especially in Lesvos they mostly use oil from they own production (everyone has olive trees in Lesvos). But of course this oil is bulk and not bootled so it can not be distinguished.

    Conclusion: Activation of agricultural cooperatives organization for the standardization of olive oil and export as bottled is what must be done.

    St

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  4. I thank you for the lecture and hope that this info will be passed on by you to those who are in charge of legal issues in this matter!

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  5. Thank anonymous for your answer because we -as organic olive producers- know only how much money-in benz for the car every day- and hard really hard work needs to collect the olive especially from our difficult wild earth.
    tx.

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