VOLVI ESTATE OLIVE OIL
Wild olive oil is an ally of human health and this was known to the ancient Greeks, who had deified wild olive oil due to the beneficial power of its product. Its action is confirmed by modern research methods, as leading scientists around the world rank wild oil in the five most beneficial foods (superfoods).
The value of wild oil is due to its high content of beneficial substances called phenols (oleoganthal, oleocalcin, eleuropein anlyc). They are substances with strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which protect the body and help protect the cardiovascular system. Studies show that these substances can be used as a raw material for the development of drugs in the future, others are investigating the benefits of wild oil in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease, and their possible contribution to the fight against various types of cancer.
Unlike common oil, wild oil contains multiple phenols, which is why VolviEstate is considered a food with a health claim on its packaging, but can also be used as a dietary supplement. It is also ranked in the highest positions of the independent list of extra virgin olive oilsaristoleo with high phenols, based on the test of the doctors of the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Athens Prokopi Magiatis (associate professor) and Eleni Melliou (EDI).
The phenolic prices of organic Volvi Estate organic wild oil are many times higher than the average of extra virgin olive oils, classifying it in oils that protect against the oxidation of blood lipids, according to EU Regulation 432/2012.
Because of this density, one tablespoon each morning equals maximum health benefits.
The Volvi estate is located on the shores of Lake Volvi, within the Natura Protected Area, 60 km east of Thessaloniki.
It is the largest wild olive forest in the Mediterranean, covering more than 4,000 acres with about 70,000 olive trees, and one of the oldest olive groves, as evidenced by the Byzantine olive mill (1324 AD) located in its center.
Wild olives (OleaEuropaeasylvestris) have been growing on the estate for centuries, only with the protection of the mild microclimate of the lake.
They are numbered in 60,000 wild olives and from them the certified wild oil VOLVI ESTATE is produced.
The wild olives coexist on the estate together with 10,000 daily olives, from which extra virgin olive oil is produced.
Volvi Estate wild olive oil is produced by the process of the first cold press, ensuring its quality and biological value, especially important since wild olives grow in the Natura zone. To avoid injury to the small fruits of the wild olive, the harvest is done by hand or with special scallops. The fruits are transported on the same day to a certified organic olive mill, where the product is produced and packaged in 250 ml bottles, in less than 24 hours.
The wild olives of the estate grow freely over the centuries, with the protection of the mild microclimate of the lake and the nearby mountain mass, and bear fruit with the help of the sun and the rain. Due to its species, the wild olive tree has no natural enemies, which is why it is not sprayed. The only human intervention is pruning, to get better air and light.
The location of the estate can ensure the quality of wild oil, and its area the production of several tons each year. Its yield is quite reduced compared to daily olive oil: for one liter of wild olive oil it is necessary to harvest at least 20 kg of fruit. The amount of yield may increase, and is investigated in the project "Promoting the viability of wild olive systems for the production of products of high nutritional value" submitted, evaluated and funded by the Region of Central Macedonia, under the Rural Development Program 2014-2020.
"Jilalarion" is the name of the old, ruined but unique example of Byzantine architecture olive mill, which is located just above the foot of the hill, in the center of the estate.
It was built in 1324 BC. and is one of the oldest oil mills in the Mediterranean. It is "accompanied" by wild olive trees and the calm waters of the lake.