Kelly's Extra Virgin Olive Oils are mono-varietals produced from Koroneiki olives. The Koroneiki variety is found throughout Greece but is native to the southwestern region known as Messenia, where it is grown solely to produce oil. Koroneiki olive trees flourish in the warm Mediterranean climate found in Messenia.
In Greece, the Koroneiki is considered ‘the queen of olives’ and is recognized globally as the preferred varietal for oil production. The Koroneiki tree has grown there for more than 3,000 years and is a prolific producer. While the olives themselves are very small, they contain very high levels of poly-phenols, the natural antioxidants found in plants that may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Poly-phenols and other antioxidants found in olives can protect the human body against free radical damage. Olive oil, which has been a staple in Mediterranean diets for thousands of years, contains a wide variety of valuable antioxidants that are not found in other oils. A recent study described in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet, has found that the traditional Mediterranean diet is the dietary model most likely to provide protection against coronary heart disease.
The Koroneiki olive, picked while still green, is highly prized for its aromatic, strongly flavored oil, perfect for enjoying in its natural raw state or added at the end of cooking. Oil from the Koroneiki olive is one of the most robust and pungent Extra Virgin Olive Oils. It has a complex aroma that is dominated by the smell of freshly cut grass and olives, and a taste profile that is fruity with a peppery finish. The oil from this highly prized varietal boasts a rich flavor, vivid color and low free fatty acids (less than 0.3%)