Throuba Thassos Organic Olives (Velouitinos)

Olives are one of the most traditional of Greek products but these are a particularly innovative manifestation: a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product of organic agriculture that breaks with tradition, or at least with what most of us have come to associate with olives.

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These marvelous olives from the northern Aegean island of Thasos are minimally processed (no pasteurization) and contain only a small amount of salt (1.78% by weight), so you actually have the sense that you are eating a fruit and not a nugget of compacted brine. The young (established 2001) company Velouitinos takes its commitment to organic agriculture very seriously. You can even use the company website to trace your olives back to the grove they were gathered from.

Available online at the Olive Shop and in Athens at the Mediterranean Food Store (Το Παντοπωλείο της Μεσογειακής Διατροφής), Sofokleous 1 (210 3628738)

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