KOTINOS means wild
olive tree. Branches from kotinos were used in crowning the Olympic winners
and so KOTINOS has also become synonymous with olive wreath.
oil is produced on the island of Crete in family farms by people who respect
tradition and strive to cultivate and produce olive oil with care.
The people of Crete have
a strong tradition in olive cultivation going back to the Minoan era, 5000
The climate of Crete is
ideal for the cultivation of the olive tree: Hot dry summers, cool autumn,
rainy winters and ideal spring conducive to optimal tree flowering.
Crete produces about 130,000
tons of olive oil annually. This corresponds to about 30% of Greek olive
oil and about 8% of total world production of olive oil.
85% of the olive oil produced
in Crete is Extra Virgin.
Cretan olive oil is highly
prized and it is used to enhance the characteristics of lesser quality Italian
and Spanish oils by mixing.
Cretans have the highest
consumption of olive oil in the world (more than 25 kg/year/person) which
is about 2.3 oz per day.
Various medical studies
have shown that the excellent health characteristics of the Cretan people:
the lowest rate of heart disease, low cancer rates, and long life expectancy,
are attributed to the consumption of high quality olive oil.
Crete has an area of 3,190
square miles (8,261 square km) and a population of 550,000.
Crete has about 40 million
olive trees (70 trees per person in Crete).
20% of the land area of
Crete is covered by olive trees. This is a large fraction considering that
50% of the land is high mountains and 27% is low mountains.
Average tree density on
Crete is 41 square meters, or 441 square feet, per tree.
There are about 100 trees
per acre or about 240 trees per hectare.
73% of the cultivated land
of Crete is growing olive trees.
Each tree in our groves
produces on the average 22 kg (48 lb) of olives which yield about 4.8 kg
(10.5 lb of oil)
- Each olive fruit contains about 20-25%
oil, 50% water, 19% carbohydrates, 6% cellulose with the rest being minerals
and proteins. So it takes about 5 LB of olives to produce 17 oz. (500 ml)
of extra virgin olive oil .
Total world production
of olive oil is about 4% of world seed oil production.
- Kotinos Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
is certified by DIO, an organization licensed by, and reporting to the European
Union, for the monitoring and certification of organic products.
- Kotinos organic olive oil is grown without
the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. A 100% organic product.