Why Olive Oil from Peloponnese is considered to be the best in Greece?

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From its fertile mountains to its picturesque and ample seas, the Peloponnese region is a foodies’ paradise.

With its mountains, gorges and ample water supply, the Peloponnese features extremely fertile valleys full of olive groves, orange groves, fig trees, prickly pears, and grape vine cultivations and a huge variety of herbs.

The olive tree is the emblematic tree of the Peloponnese. The olive oil from Messenia is considered to be the best in Greece and it is this that goes in the saucepan first. In these oil-producing regions the oil is eaten raw as a snack on crusty bread with oregano and salt. Let me tell you that even though I’m not from southern Greece, since I was a child this was my favourite snack and still is. This oil from the Peloponnese has become famous all over the world with its bright green colour and fruity aroma.

In this part of Greece, we find the cultivation of grape vines, the most famous from Nemea and Mantinea. Wine is considered an integral part of the Mediterranean diet, and has been known in this area for thousands of years and continues to blossom to this day. Besides the Agiorgitiko that is produced in Nemea – the deep red wine that took its name from the village Agios Georgios, the centre of its production since 1820 – and the wines of Mantinea, there are now wines being produced in Messenia, Laconia and Argolida.

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