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Extra Virgin of Messini More than Liquid Gold

Mar. 13, 2012
Costas Vasilopoulos

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A new report of a research team of Athens University describes what qual­ity con­trols of extra vir­gin olive oil have revealed: among the 150 tested olive oil spec­i­mens from var­i­ous areas of Greece and also from California, sam­ples con­tain­ing the largest quan­ti­ties of the well-known oleo­can­thal and other anti-inflam­ma­tory sub­stances were the Koroneiki vari­ety — and espe­cially the oils made from olives of the munic­i­pal­ity of Messini, near Kalamata.

The report restated the fact that extra vir­gin olive oil con­tains antiox­i­dant, neuro-pro­tec­tive and heart-ben­e­fit­ing ingre­di­ents.

The researchers attrib­uted the extra qual­i­ties of the Messini oil to the par­tic­u­lar cli­mate con­di­tions of the area, the ground mor­phol­ogy, and the care of farm­ers and oil mill own­ers. More specif­i­cally, it seemed that when the trees did not get any water dur­ing the flo­res­cence period (‘xero­phytic’ cul­ti­va­tion), and if the olive fruits were processed in an early stage before full matu­rity and the cold two-phase oil extrac­tion process was used, then the results were out­stand­ing. Still, researchers said a more thor­ough inves­ti­ga­tion was needed to high­light the exact rea­sons for the supe­rior qual­ity and to allow for fur­ther improve­ment.


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