magical journey of olive oil production...
In addition to this blessed land are
the able and dedicated people of the Union of Agricultural
Cooperatives of Sitia. Cultivators and producers with a deep
culture surrounding the olive, it's experts and adorers, who
take care to preserve all the prerequisites in order to produce
the ideal olive oil as a Protected Designation of Origin, Sitia,
They achieve the perfect health of the olive groves by fighting
its enemies and its diseases and especially the olive fly (dacus
oleae), using decoy methods. The collection of the olives is
done by beating the trees with staffs, taking care that the
fruit is at the right stage of maturity and transport of the
harvest is done using sacks made from vegetable fibers, holding
up to 50 kilos. In this way, the quality of the olives is
assured with less than %% of foreign matter and damaged fruit
incurred and the processing always takes place within 3 days at
oil presses in the prefecture of Sitia, maintaining a
temperature of less than 30 degrees Celsius throughout all stages of
However, the endeavor does not stop here. In order to finally
achieve the objective, the people of the Union of Agricultural
Cooperatives of Sitia continue the quality controls until
finally and oil is selected that is superb in every respect!
SITIA 0.3. An olive oil at peak quality with an acidity of up to
0.3% and exception constitution, taste and aroma.
with deep roots...
Only a little traveling around the
region of Sitia is needed to become aware of the presence
everywhere and the great importance of the olive tree to this
area. A presence that has its roots in the depths of history...
in the years of the Minoan era, when the cultivation of the
olive tree first began in Crete. One can only admire the ardent
desire and dedication of the growers of this tree, for the
respect shown to traditional values belonging to yesterday that
blend in perfect harmony with today’s modern methods the
producers of olive oil have achieved. And also for the love that
the Cretans for years now have for the olive tree and oils oil
by including them in their lives.
... in a
place which loves and has been loved
If we look a little deeper into the
Sitian tradition regarding the cultivation of the olive tree,
one could presume that this beneficent fruit chose to offer its
superior oil to this region. The Sitia 0.3.
Firstly, it gave preference to the climate
with its annual 3,000 hours of sunshine so that the oil would
contain the richest aromatic ingredients. It chose the
mountainous and hilly land so that its special taste would be
ensured by the dryness of the earth and its limestone
composition that make the aroma even more intense.
Finally, what is the name of the variety
which is given to this oil? Koroneiki. The one and only variety
that perfectly matches Sitia’s characteristics.
0.3... The most admired and much awarded olive oil...
This oil, which is distinguished by
its golden-green color, its intricate fresh aromas of unripe
fruit and green herbs, the balance between sweet and bitter, the
magical taste on the tongue and the amazing duration of its
after-taste, has traveled all over the world and has charmed it.
Both in 1998, in the competition organized
by the Spanish National Council of Olive Oil as well as in the
5th SOL Exhibition in Italy, in 1999, this exceptional extra
virgin olive oil, SITIA 0.3 was awarded the 1st prize,
confirming and rewarding in this way the endeavors of the Union
of Agricultural Cooperatives of Sitia.
verification for mind and body
The greatest prize of all thought
that SITIA 0.3 has been accepted comes from the consumers
themselves who, honoring the superior taste and its beneficial
properties for human health, have established it in their daily
diet. In additions, another advantage of SITIA 0.3 is its many
uses. It is an oil so delicious that it can be used “as is” in
salads, with greens, fish and vegetables, in cooking and in
frying because it withstands specially high temperatures.
Finally, a secret in order to preserve all
the nutritious and tasty characteristics is to add the oil to
food 10 minutes before finishing cooking.
500 ml glass bottle and 750 ml glass