Our Product

The KARMIRI Advantage

Our Olives

KARMIRI is a single variety extra virgin olive oil produced from the legendary Koroneiki tree
native to the southern Peleponnese region of Greece. These trees have survived since ancient times,
producing some of the world’s best olive oil. In fact, some of the trees on our farm are hundreds of years old
and are still productive today. While Koroneiki olives contain a high level of oil content (20-30%),
they are very small and difficult to cultivate. The trees are never watered artificially, relying solely
on rainfall for water to reduce acidity, and are pruned intensively once a year by meticulously
trimming branches to keep them small. Because of this, the overall yield of oil per tree is much lower
compared to other varietals, but its return is superior quality. The aroma, taste and rich nutrient
composition of Koroneiki oil are exceptionally unique. Koroneiki olives produce a deep
golden green colored oil, highly prized for its fruity aroma and pleasantly bitter taste. When swallowed,
the oil produces a slight burning sensation on the tongue and throat, a pungency that is
often described as a ‘peppery’ finish.

Our Olive Oil

KARMIRI extra virgin olive oil is harvested in late November, when the olives are still green
and just about to ripen. The trees are first pruned of their large branches and then beaten by hand to
release the olives onto nets placed on the ground. Once picked, the larger branches are tossed aside
and workers skillfully pick out smaller clumps of leaves. The olives are then poured from their net
into sacks and then sent directly to the mill for harvesting. At the mill, any remaining leaves
or twigs are removed and the olives are rinsed in fresh, cold water. The olives must be pressed within
24 hours, or they will begin to ferment, drastically reducing the quality of the oil.
KARMIRI olives are pressed within 8-12 hours using cold-press techniques, meaning that it is
devoid of hot water, steam or any additional ingredients or contaminants that can alter the composition
of the olive oil, compromising its flavor and nutritional benefits to the consumer.
KARMIRI oil also boasts low free fatty acids (< 0.5%) and a long shelf life due to high levels
of the antioxidant polyphenol. In addition, the oil provides a healthy punch, containing a wide variety
of valuable antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties not found in other oils that can reduce
risk factors of degenerative diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
At KARMIRI, we never blend our Koroneiki oil with other varieties, so you will truly experience
its brilliant flavor, aroma and health benefits.

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