It was created by an “ancient” and so far unknown Corfiot olive forest variety called “Lianolia”, which has been for centuries native to the north of the Ionian Sea and the southern Adriatic Sea. Therefore, it is the First single-variety (monovarietal) “Lianiolia” olive oil in the global market.
Its flavour, as well as the intense aroma of freshly crushed olives, will not go unnoticed by the consumer, as it is described as unusually “especially spicy”, with an unmatched harmony between fruity and spicy notes.
The olive grove was planted by our ancestors and is a property of Dafnis family. It is situated in the south-western part of Corfu, around the Byzantine fortress of Gardiki (12th century) in the protected Natura region of Korission lagoon.
The whole production process from the reproduction of trees until the harvest is controlled and monitored by us.
The olives are processed, ground and cold-pressed in our own olive oil press.
The olive oil is stored in our HACCP and ISO 22000: 2005 hygiene-certified standardization unit (OLIVE FABRICA).
Each bottle (500 ml) is a special creation filled and decorated by hand!
As a result, our yearly production is steady but limited and the end product is accompanied by all the details and information on its harvest, alteration and bottling.
Our olive oil is to us of great historical meaning and in direct relationship to our Land, our Lives, our Future…
For this reason, It is “Named in honour of the first Governor of independent Greece, the Corfiot Aristocrat Count Ioannis Kapodistrias (1776-1831)”, which can be seen on the bottle’s label on a golden-coloured adornment made from metal (pewter).
We offer “the Governor” in an elegant package as minimal recognition of the tremendous work of the great political leader Kapodistrias as well as the precious nutritional value of the olive oil.
“The Governor”™ and your health
First among equals
“The Governor”™ was scientifically tested in March 2014 at the University of Athens and compared with the results of 700 other olive oil samples, from 30 different olive varieties. 150 of the comparative olive oil samples originated from countries outside Greece, specifically: California, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Tunisia, Cyprus, France, Argentina, Chile, Morocco and Israel.
The results were impressive. The oleocanthal and oleacein concentrations in “The Governor”™ are 7 times higher than the average of the samples and the highest value recorded among all commercially-available bottled oils since 2009. Oleocanthal, oleocein and other elements present in “The Governor”™ olive oil present important biological activity, and are related with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neuroprotective benefits.
The total hydroxytyrosol derivatives are 61% higher than the stipulated European regulation. The daily consumption of 20g is known to protect the blood lipids from oxidative stress.
2014 Athens University evaluation of “The Governor”™ polyphenol content vs. average levels in extra virgin olive oils:
“..we can certify that [“The Governor”] is an extremely rare extra virgin olive oil that stands out from the usual oils… It is an oil highly recommended to all consumers looking for olive oil with enhanced properties for health protection.”
Prokopis Magiatis, Associate Professor, Athens University Faculty of Pharmacy.
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Extra Virgin Olive oil and your health
The reason this project is so exciting for us is that these particular Extra Virgin Olive Oils exemplify what a high-quality product should be. Generations of love and care and a quest for nothing but the best results in an end product that is packed with what it should be, 100% quality and not a massed produced product pretending to be something it is not. Each of the Dafnis families tree’s are treated as a friend and the way the olives are harvested ensures there is minimal environmental impact. The micro production means the process is rigorously monitored to ensure consistent optimum quality. What is also of great interest to us and what the Dafnis family are clearly very passionate about is being very much involved in ongoing medical research and trials into the prevention of chronic disease’s.
It has been known for many years how beneficial the Mediterranean diet can be to our health and Extra Virgin Olive Oil is at the core of that. As well as containing a high percentage of heart-protecting mono-unsaturated fatty acids it also contains modest amounts of vitamin E and K. It is also widely known that its benefits include anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.
Over recent years what has been interesting to the scientific world is the antioxidant properties of the phenolic compounds in the oil particularly Oleocanthal and Oleacein. These have had a lot of scientific interest due to their interesting biological activities. These polyphenols in the Governor EVOO contribute to the protection of blood lipids from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a condition where the amount of free radicals exceeds the number of antioxidants. Long term Oxidative stress causes damage to cell’s, tissue’s, proteins and DNA. This eventually leads to many chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease’s (strokes, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure) diabetes, inflammatory diseases, chronic fatigue, asthma, cancer and neuro-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
“…we can certify that “The Governor” is an extremely rare extra virgin olive oil that stands out from the usual oils… It is an oil highly recommended to all consumers looking for olive oil with enhanced properties for health protection.”
The GOVERNOR is one of the few olive oils on a global level that has been awarded a “health claim” set by the EU. The EU Commission Regulation No 432/2012 of 16 May 2012 established a list of permitted health claims made on foods. This classified the various types of olive oils into a category with health-protecting features which contain highly concentrated polyphenols which protect against oxidation of blood lipids. The claim may be used only for olive oil which contains at least 5mg of hydroxytyrosol derivatives per 20g. The total hydroxytyrosol derivatives in the Governor EVOO are 61% higher than the stipulated European regulation.
What makes the Governor EVOO so special are the unusually high levels of Oleocanthal and Oleacein which are contained within the oil. EVOO is the only food source on the planet where Oleocanthal can be found. You will not find it in edible olives, olive leaf extract products or in any refined oils such as ‘pure’ ‘light’ or ‘olive oil’. The Governor Limited is constantly around 966 mg/kg each harvest and the Oleacein 957 mg/kg compared with average values for extra virgin olive oil at 135/105 mg/kg.
The Governor was first scientifically tested in March 2014 at the University of Athens and the results were compared with the results of 700 other olive oil samples, from 30 different olive varieties. 150 of the comparative olive oil samples originated from countries outside of Greece, specifically: California, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Tunisia, Cyprus, France, Argentina, Chile, Morocco, and Israel.
The results were impressive. The oleocanthal and oleacein concentrations in The Governor were 7 times higher than the average of the samples. The Governor Limited EVOO was then invited to take part in its first medical trial. Please see link below.
Since then The Governor Limited has taken part in various trials which have had very positive results. 2017 The governor limited was combined with Donepezil (a medication used to treat Alzheimer’s disease) 2018 The worlds first human trial with leukaemia patients. 2019 Oleocanthal was combined with Lapatinib treatment against HER-2 breast cancer. They have also taken part in two further breast cancers trials.
Please see the link’s to the accepted medical reports at the bottom of this page. You will need a cup or glass of something as they are extremely in-depth but well worth the read.
Health benefits Oleocanthal and Oleacein
Please follow the link below to a report detailing all the health containing properties of The Governor Limited and the health benefits it could offer.
Scientific Evaluation Health Properties of The Governor EVOO
A superb, unfiltered olive oil with the aroma of freshly-pressed olives, emerald green color, rich texture and unique peppery taste. All are indications of unusually high polyphenol content of 1.427 mg per kg, which is what gives olive oil its health benefits. Add a finer taste dimension to salads or drizzle over warm food just before serving.
- AMONG THE WORLD’S BEST: The Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Unfiltered Olive Oil, has the highest phenolics: 1.427 mg per kg in the world!
- An absolutely cold-pressed method is performed accomplishing surprisingly low acidity (0.17%)
- The Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Unfiltered Olive Oil, the Governor (Limited Edition) is bottled under the provisions set forth by PGI and its packaging is done entirely by hand.
- The Governor, Inspired by nature herself and her greatness, we decided to manage this appreciated product and offer it to you. In its own virgin quality, no additives, no chemical ways, no illusions.
- “The Governor Limited Edition” is one of the fewest olive oils in the world which has been awarded with (HEALTH CLAIM REPORT) from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Department of Pharmacognosy & Natural Products Chemistry) in cooperation with UC Davis Olive Center (University of California) Apart from the tests at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, in the last years.
- “The Governor” participates at various tests and experiments at the following universities:
University of Louisiana at Monroe and Hunter College of New York.
The official test results have shown that “The Governor” is one of the healthiest olive oil in the world!
Distinctions & Awards:
1) Gold Medal: (Packaging design)Los Angeles International Olive oil Competition,
2) Silver Medal: (Quality) Tokyo International extra virgin Olive oil Competition.
3) Gold Medal: (Terra Olivo) Competition.
4) Great taste 2014.
5) HEALTH CLAIM REPORT