The name of this high phenolic organic extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), Evelaion, comes from ancient Greek. In his 1st century BC work Geography, Strabo (Stravonas) mentioned that Cyprus produced all the olive oil it needed, characterizing the island as “evelaion,” or producing good oil. The company that embraced that name has built on the ancient Cypriot tradition by making especially healthy EVOO rich in phenolic compounds and squalene.
Established 20 years ago, this small family-run organic cultivation business recently started producing organic extra virgin olive oil and early harvest extra virgin olive oil high in polyphenols.
Evelaion’s organic olive groves are located in Potami, a small village just 25 minutes from Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. Potami is known for its ideal climatic conditions for olive cultivation.
The team at Evelaion collects the olives in a traditional way, picking them by hand in order to select only the best fruit for the tastiest, healthiest oil. On the same day as the harvest, they transport the olives in ventilated crates to a certified oil mill near their farm. This prompt, careful handling is an important step in the production of high quality olive oil.
Evelaion was one of the first companies in Cyprus to standardize early harvest extra virgin olive oil made from unripe Koroneiki olives. The Evelaion team harvests the olives in late September, while they are still bright green. Yielding much less oil than ripe olives, four times as many of these olives are required to make one liter of oil.
The sacrifice of quantity for quality is worth it. The result of this very early cold extraction is a precious oil very low in acidity (0.1% to 0.4% free fatty acids, considerably better than the International Olive Council’s upper limit of 0.8% for classification as extra virgin). Evelaion is noteworthy for its fruitiness as well as the especially bitter, spicy flavor characteristic of healthy early harvest EVOOs.
Eligible for the European health claim for olive oil according to EU Regulation 432/2012, Evelaion is an ideal choice for health-conscious consumers. It offers
- a wealth of antioxidants
- other healthy compounds
- 1230 mg/kg of total phenols
- 4086 mg/kg of squalene
High phenolic extra virgin olive oil such as Evelaion is rich in the healthy polyphenols that scientific studies suggest can help fight
- heart disease
- oxidative stress
- high blood pressure
- some forms of cancer
However, Evelaion is not just good for us; some of the most demanding olive oil experts also appreciate the flavor of this unfiltered EVOO, as several awards from international olive oil competitions demonstrate.