Χριστός Ανέστη - Καλό Πάσχα!

Happy Easter from Crete Island
From Crete With Love
Η CretaVita σας εύχεται Καλό Πάσχα και Καλή Ανάσταση, με υγεία, χαρά και γαλήνη.
CretaVita wish you Happy Easter with health, joy and peace.


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CretaVita Extra Virgin Olive Oil Production Process

The story how we make our Extra Virgin Olive Oil for you.


Olive Harvesting
Olives from Cretan land around Asimi are picked by hand. In Crete the olives are collected in nets, lying on the ground. They are transported to the CretaVita olive mill at the same day.

Olive Harvesting

Olive Batch Cleaning
The first step in the oil extraction process is cleaning the olives and removing the stems, leaves, twigs, and other debris left with the olives.
The machinery consists of powerful fans, which removes foreign vegetable material, and pipes with forced water circulation in which olives are washed.

Olive Batch Cleaning

Olive Crushing
The purpose of crushing is to tear the flesh cells to facilitate the release of the oil from the vacuoles.
Modern olive mills consist of a metal body and a piece of various shapes that rotates at high speed.

Olive Paste Malaxation
Malaxation is a key step in the whole olive oil extraction process as good malaxation means optimal oil extraction and good values of antioxidants and flavor. The malaxation involves stirring the olive paste slowly, which aids in the coalescence of small drops into large ones and favors the breakage of the unbroken cells containing oil.

Liquid-Solid Separation
Centrifugation is a continuous process that is able to separate olive oil from the other materials (water and solids) and two non-miscible liquids are separated under a centrifugal force. The high centrifugal accelerations separate the olive paste into its three main components according to their specific weight : water, oil and pomace.
The scroll rotate results in the movement of the solid (olive pomace) to one end of the decanter centrifuge, while oil and water (the other two constituents) are moved to the other end.

Liquid-Liquid Separation
This process is carried out in vertical centrifuges that rotate at high speed . Warm water is added to clean the oil of fine solids.

Olive Crushing

Laboratory
A chemical analysis is held, testing at random from the final product. Area for sample delivery and for laboratory testing of fruit quality and physico–chemical and organoleptic analysis of the olive oils

Olive Oil Storage
It is then stored in stainless steel tanks.

Olive Oil Filtration
Extra virgin olive oil is often filtered during the last step in its production process. The goal is to remove suspended solids and humidity, which give the oil a cloudy ppearance that is less appealing to consumers. 

Olive Oil Storage Bottling

Bottling
Why dark bottle? Exposure to light, heat, or oxygen can cause rancidity. Because of that is better that extra virgin olive oil in dark green glass or in packaging that shields it from light; avoid plastic containers. Remember to store it in a cool, dark place at home; or wrap the bottle in aluminum foil to shield it from further sunlight.

CretaVita Extra Virgin Olive Oil Production Process

Source: The AOCS Lipid Library

Garden Super Hero Tales: The Book Designed to Inspired Kids to Eat Healthy

Garden Super Hero Tales: The Book Designed to Inspired Kids to Eat Healthy
Garden Super Hero Tales Official page 

Journalist, career woman, and full-time mom, Mihaela Lica Butler released a children’s book that brings a world of magic and cooking fun into the family kitchen. “Garden Super Hero Tales” inspires children to eat healthier, and to enjoy vegetables, by telling 10 beautiful stories, which narrate adventures of vegetable greats from the garden.

Greek Olive Oil: Cultural review olive oil

Olives are grown for olive oil production mainly in Crete, in Peloponnese, in the North Aegean islands, in the Ionian islands, and in mainland Greece.

Due to its mild climate and to the composition of its soil, Crete is an ideal place for olive trees cultivation and olive oil production, and thousands of families make a living from this activity.

Cretan olive oil, with its fine aroma and superb flavor, is internationally acknowledged for its high quality. Peloponnese and especially the south- west areas comprise for centuries one of the most important olive groves of Mediterranean.

Olives and olive oil production have always been very important for thesurvival and economic evolvement of the region, offering economic robustness to thepeople. All five counties and especially the southern part of Peloponnese produce great quantities of olive oil of great quality.

Cretan Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Cretan Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

How Olive Oil is Made [video]

The process of making olive oil. The differences between the traditional and modern method are also shown - from harvesting to grinding to extracting.

 

The Olive Oil Cold Press Process:

Olives are picked by hand.
They are transported to the olive mill.
The olives are washed.
They are crushed and mixed with drinking water.
The olives are centrifuged to separate pulp and liquids.
They are centrifuged a second time to separate oil and water.
The oil is analyzed and classified.
The oil is filtered once to remove moisture and a second time for particles.
It is then stored in stainless steel tanks.
It undergoes another analysis for unwanted substances.
The product is packaged for sale.
A third chemical analysis is held, testing at random from the final product.

Happy New Year from Crete with love

Wish you a a healthy, joyful, bright,  prosperous and happiest new year ahead!
We wish you all the best. Spend a great 2014.
Happy New Year!


Ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος 2014!

Χαρούμενο το νέο έτος για όλο τον κόσμο, με υγεία και ευτυχία πάνω απ’ όλα. Να έχουμε όλοι μία Καλή Χρονιά.
Καλή Χρονιά σε όλους, με υγεία, ευτυχία και αγάπη. CretaVita Cretan Olive oil
Καλή Χρονιά σε όλους, με υγεία, ευτυχία και αγάπη.

Recipe: Greek Christmas bread - Christopsomo

There is no better bread to bake for the holiday season than this delicious Greek Christmas Bread - Christopsomo, a slightly sweet, light, buttery bread, infused with cinnamon, orange and cloves, all the warm flavours of Christmas.
The Christmas boats are made of paper or wood, decorated with small, colorful lamps and a few, simple ornaments.
They are usually placed near the outer door or by the fire and the bow should always point to the interior of the house.
With golden objects or coins placed in it, the ship symbolizes a full load of riches reaching one’s home.
And the Christmas boat is making inroads into mainland Greece.
It has a lovely melt in your mouth texture, and is a great bread to make to have for Christmas breakfast or as a snack, whatever your religion. Christopsomos in Greek literally means Christ's bread.

Ηθη και έθιμα των Χριστουγέννων στην Ελλάδα

Το τάισμα της βρύσης …
Στην Κεντρική Ελλάδα τα μεσάνυχτα της παραμονής των Χριστουγέννων γίνεται το "τάισμα" της βρύσης. Πηγαίνουν τα μεσάνυχτα ή προς τα χαράματα οι κοπέλες στην πιο κοντινή βρύση και παίρνουν το αμίλητο νερό, αφού αφήσουν προηγουμένως εκεί βούτυρο, τυρί, ή ψημένο σιτάρι ή κλαδί ελιάς".
Ηθη και έθιμα των Χριστουγέννων στην Ελλάδα
Kalanda

Merry Christmas! Καλά Χριστούγεννα!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.
From Crete with love - CretaVita
 
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. From Crete with love - CretaVita

Πολλές ευχές για χαρούμενα Χριστούγεννα με υγεία και αγάπη.
Ευχόμαστε Καλά Χριστούγεννα και καλές γιορτές όλους!
Από την Κρήτη με αγάπη - CretaVita
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