ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
MOUNTAIN GROWN IN SPARTA, GREECE
How we get that Natural True Green Color
Our Early Crop Olives are harvested young, (between November and January) and considered not yet fully ripe. Then our olives are pressed within 24 hours. This combination of cold temperature, first cold pressing and early unripe olives produces a true green color, complexity, aroma, and flavor which stands alone.
The Kallianis family oil has come to be known for generations as the “Unripe Green Olive Oil” and is cherished by the local community.
How We Got Our Name
Kallianis olive groves peak at the highest elevation in the mountains of Sparta, Greece. The high altitude offers ideal growing conditions for superior quality organic extra virgin olive oil. All of our family's olives are picked by hand in the early winter crop season when the fruit is not fully mature and ripe. For generations, our family has produced a unique natural style of organic extra virgin olive oil called agourelaio meaning "unripe green olive oil." In 1910, the Killianis olive groves were nearly destroyed by a historic frost. Our oldest surviving olive tree stood on top of the mountain grove Monahi Elia or in English, Lonely Olive Tree. This last standing olive tree was grafted and replanted throughout the groves in the village of Kastori, Laconia. Our family is proud to offer you our first cold pressed organic extra virgin olive oil from the northeast territory of Mount Taygetus.
In 2011, Dimitri Kallianis, a successful chef and restaurateur in the suburbs of Chicago, who has appeared on the food network, wanted to share this Organic EVOO he grew up using with others. Until this time, his family’s oil was only provided to an exclusive list of friends’, relatives and professional chefs. When traveling to his family’s home in Greece the inspiration hit him to call to name his olive oil company after his families original grove Monahi Elia, which directly translates to The Lonely Olive Tree Grove.
We added the Organic because it is, and has been for generations, it was certified USDA Organic, NON GMO, DIO certified Organic, and certified that all of the oil is from a protected geographical area, the Kallianis groves.
- The Lonely Olive Tree Products are a collection of products which truly stand alone
- The Kallianis Family has been growing and producing olive oil since 1804.
- Our groves reach the highest elevation in mountains of Sparta Greece (7,887 ft.)
- This High Altitude makes for an ideal growing condition for our olives
- All the Kallianis families’ olives are handpicked in the early winter crop season