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How is the olive oil produced? October 23, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Cyprus Limassol, Food Cyprus.

Oleastro is also a working organic press and in season you can watch as locals bring in their just picked olives to tip into one end of the pressing process. These will then be turned into olive oil, a process that takes around two hours to complete.

First the olives are loaded onto a conveyor belt, from where leaves are removed before the fruit is washed and electronically weighed. Then it’s on to the crusher, where the marriage of high tech and old fashioned is seen with the use of old mill stones.

After the crushing process, the olives progress to the kneading machines, where a cold pressing system guarantees the temperature does not exceed 25°.

The system used is entirely ecological as it uses two-phase centrifugal machines that use no water during the extraction system so the olive oil not only retains its unique flavour, holds its colour and aroma but there is no nasty liquid effluent in the form of waste water to dispose of.

The olive mash that is left at the end of the process is then mixed with prunings from the Oleastro groves to make organic compost for the trees, bringing to full circle the oil making cycle.

Careful storing of the olive oil is vital and here the stainless steel tanks are kept at 15-18°C to maintain the quality of the olive oil.

Oleastro Enterprises Ltd, 4603 Anogyra, Limassol, Cyprus.
Tel 99 525093,  99 565768, Fax 25 386982, http://www.oleastro.com.cy

Olive Mill and Olive Oil Museum > A nice day on four wheels

Between the beach and the foot of Troodos mountain is the village paradise of Anogyra.

The old ‘Monastery of the Holy Cross’ awaits to fascinate you as you enter the village. In the square of the village with the stone-built houses is always a ‘kafeneion’ open. 

Have you already seen an Oleastro road sign? As you leave the village, on the way to Pachna, you will find our House of the Olive amidst the olive trees overlooking the Episkopi bay.

Try our selection of olives and let our friendly personnel show you how the millstones mill again in the old familiar way.

Stay for a Cyprus coffee and find your personal little momento from Cyprus, our extra virgin organic olive oil products. Kopiaste!

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