Astarti Exclusive organic extra virgin olive oil is characterized as light to medium fruity. Its aroma is elegant and unusual; its taste is complex and fine with a definite bitterness and balanced pungency.
It is excellent on seafood, white meat, steamed vegetables and fresh salads.
The main olive groves are located within the area of Stenokampos on the outskirts of Karava in the northern region of our island. The unique terroir, the microclimate and our farming practices which include dry cultivation and early harvesting (hand picked) are the factors which contribute to the superior quality of our olive oil.
At the oil processing factory (continious system), Astarti Exclusive is extracted by crushing the fruit at low temperatures (cold pressed) so as to avoid scorching the olive oil which would result in biochemical changes and loss of nutritional value.
All stages of production, from cultivation through to processing and bottling is certified by DIO (Greek Certification & Inspection Organisation of Organic Products) subject to Regulation EC834/2007 for organic agriculture.
ASTARTI – THE COMPANY
Our company Astarti is based on the island of Kythera-Greece and has been involved in organic farming since 1992 when Harry Tzortzopoulos, on completion of his studies in agriculture, returned to his forefathers’ island to take over the family olive groves. Since Astarti’s establishment in 2001, the company has been involved in the production, packaging and trading of organic and traditional Kytherian products.
Astarti’s goals and philosophy are:
• The promotion of organic farming on the island of Kythera.
• The processing and development of local produce.
• The marketing of high quality products (of limited production) of the Kytherian land to consumers in Greece and overseas.
• The promotion of environmental awareness and active participation in the protection of the Kytherian land.
The Style & Symbol of Astarti
According to various historical sources, it appears that the worship of the goddess of love, Ishtar, had its origin in Ancient Phoenicia. Due to the strong commercial relations and the resulting political affiliations developing amongst the various Mediterranean cultures the worship of the Phoenicians’ Astarti (Ishtar) gradually moved to the Southern coast and certain islands of the South-East Mediterranean basin (Cyprus, Crete, Kythera, Mylos), each place adapting similar names and rituals.
Kythera worshipped the Goddess as Astarti-Aphrodite (Aphrodite meaning she who has arisen from the froth of the seas) but with the passing of time the name of Aphrodite was upheld and she was worshipped as Goddess of platonic love.
The symbol of the company Astarti is the symbol of the fruit of the olive tree in Linear B script.
The family is expanding its interests to cover other organic products in an effort to revive traditional cultivation and local farming practices, as well as promotion of agritourism in the region.