The Pi Olive Oil Company endeavours to bring you some of the purest and finest products that Pteleos and the surrounding area produces
5,000 years of cultivating olives
The Greeks have been cultivating olive trees for their oil for over 5000 years. It was the ancient Greeks who introduced the cultivation of the olive to their colonies and it was these practices that were copied by the Romans as they expanded their empire.
The Pi Olives are cultivated on the hilly landscape between the village of Pteleos and the small picturesque harbour of Pigadi. This is how Pi Olive Oil derives its name, P or the Greek Pi for Pteleos or Pigadi
Pi Olive Oil is made from 100% Amfissa olives; hand-picked olives which are prized for good reason. These olives are left to ripen on the tree and aren’t picked until November, so they are softer, richer, and meatier.
The olive growers of Pteleos have continued to produce olive oil by traditional methods for generations. The olives are plucked from their branches when very ripe, or shaken to dislodge the olives which are collected by nets on the ground.
Once collected, the olives are cold-pressed within 48 hours of picking. The resulting oil is left to settle for a month, before it is siphoned off, not filtered. The oil is pure, with no additives and isn’t mixed with other oils; no heat treatment or chemicals are used in this process. This way you get the pure unadulterated taste of Pi Olive Oil, which can be traced back to its original olive grove from around Pteleos.
Pteleos is a very traditional village, set in an environment which support a wide diversity of plant and wild life. It has been known for centuries for the quality of its produce.
Pigadi is a small traditional harbour of outstanding beauty, used by the local fishermen to fish for local produce, which is then served at the local tavernas.
The picturesque village of Pteleos lies on the mainland coast at the southern part of the Magnesia region, in eastern Greece. Pteleos has been populated since ancient times and is even mentioned in Homer’s Illiad, as a provider of men and ships for the Trojan War. Homer describes Pteleos as a landscape full of ‘lush pastures’, something that is still true today
But Pteleos’ real strength lies in its geography and bio-diversity. Situated inside a natural bay nestled inside the Pagasetic Gulf, the olive groves get the benefits of the Mediterranean sun, tempered by the regular cooling sea breeze. Yet, on the other hand, it is protected from more severe weather by the surrounding mountains, from Mount Pelion on one side to Mount Othrys on the other.
The bio diversity of the area, with its wide range of indigenous species, means that the olive groves exist in a more robust and healthier growing environment.
Known throughout the ancient world for the quality of its produce, Pteleos became a major Mediterranean trading city and port, until ransacked by the Byzantine Empire. Its inhabitants were murdered or sold into slavery for their land, knowledge of husbandry and food manufacture. Until that point it was said that “The wine of Pteleos flows as a precious produce in the Queen of all cities (Constantinople)”
Pi Olive Oil
This superior quality extra virgin olive oil is hand-picked from centuries old amfissa olive groves. It has an attractively soft aroma of mixed nuts, walnuts, almonds and pine nuts, with malty tones and a touch of lemons and fresh apples. Cold-pressed within 24 hours of being harvested, it leaves a pure, golden and balanced flavoured oil that makes it suitable for cooking as well as for dressings.
It is a beautiful, ripe, delicate oil which creates flavours in the mouth that are equally nutty with some stalky hay and light milk chocolate. Gentle bitterness and pepper are well matched with the milky fruitiness, all of which linger into the attractive after taste of sweet almond biscuits.
This long kept secret from the lands of myth and legends is a delicate style of oil with nicely balanced but low levels of bitterness and piquancy. Not only is it a flavoursome addition to any meal, it also brings numerous health benefits and is an essential part of any Mediterranean diet.
The city was destroyed and its artisans dispersed, but the land continued to bear fruit. This exquisite produce has been harvested by generations of the survivors’ descendants.
Its olive oil can be described as one of Greece’s best kept secrets. It’s rich and luxurious, with a distinct flavour. Pi olive oil can be used as a wonderful compliment to salads, drizzled over fish or steamed vegetables, or even simply used for dipping bread.