Arcadia Organic Kalamata Olive Tapenade
Kalamata Olive Tapenade, produced from Organic Kalamata Olives, using a traditional recipe. The ideal solution for a light and healthy snack. Spread on bread or sandwiches. Toss with pasta or use to season fish. Stuff cherry tomatoes and avocado halves. Add to pasta or rice. Great on top of pizza. Can be used as a dip with crackers or vegetables.
The company operates in the south-west of Peloponnese in Greece, and specifically in the region of Trifilia which is very well known for the quality of its agricultural products. It is located in Kyparissia, the beautiful capital of Trifilia prefecture in Messinia, distributing its products throughout Greece and abroad. Company's philosophy is the production and packaging of high quality products from the region of Messinia (Kalamata). The company operates under ISO and HACCP quality control system. Furthermore, it was the first company in Greece selling products under certified name of origin from the European Union (PDO - Protected Destination of Origin).
Both the production and packaging activities take place in the area of "Rontaki" - close to Kyparissia city - in their privately-owned land of 9,000 sq.m. There they package : Kalamata Olives (PDO), Green and Black Olives in plastic tubs of 13 & 3.5 kilos, 700 -500 -200 -100 gr and in glass jars of 220 gr. Arkadia produces and packages : Kalamata Minced Olives (Pate) (PDO)and green minced olives (pate). Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (Pate) in glass jars of 300 & 190 gr. Garlic (natural), Garlic in oil with Oregano in glass jars of 120 gr. Artichoke (salad ready to eat) in glass jars of 120 gr. The Arkadia company also produces : Sun Dried Tomato raw or flavoured in extra virgin olive oil with garlic and herbs in jars of 330 gr and Sun Dried Tomato in transparent plastic bags of 200 gr.
In addition, the company has enriched its product range of high quality products such as extra virgin olive oil of Messinia region (PDO Kalamata), in tins of 5lt, plastic bottles of 1lt and glass bottles of 750 & 500 ml, as well as, exceptional wine (white, rose and red wine).
Company's mission is firstly to cultivate its top-quality products and secondly to select other top-quality products from the region.
The juice of the olive, otherwise known as olive oil, is a delicious source of antioxidants. This oil is monounsaturated, and it has a positive effect on the cholesterol level in our blood streams. Monounsaturated fats are not considered “essential”, but they should be an important part of our diets. These oils act to keep cholesterol from sticking to our artery walls. Not only that, but they help to control blood sugar, a big plus in a controlled carbohydrate diet. After all, when the blood sugar is under control, so is the insulin. And, insulin is a huge factor in our bodies’ storing food as fat.
Olives contain substances that are believed to help us to ward off cancer, polyphenols. Polyphenols give the olive its taste and aroma. One of the polyphenols found in olives is thought to act as an anti-inflammatory. Rich in immune-boosting antioxidants, the Greek diet provides cancer-fighting compounds, healthful omega-3 fatty acids and colon-cleansing fiber, which all help lower the risks of diet linked diseases, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes. A 2003 study conducted jointly by researchers at the University of Athens in Greece and Harvard University found that people who consumed a traditional Greek diet experienced a 33 percent lower risk of death from heart disease and a 24 percent lower risk of death from cancer.
Numerous studies, including one published by the American Heart Association, have shown that people who eat a high monounsaturated fat diet, such as the traditional Greek diet, have a lower risk of heart disease than people who eat more saturated fats, which include butter and margarine.
Researchers also found that people who consume olive oil have a lower risk for other diseases, too. Studies conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health indicate a link between olive oil consumption and a lower incidence of breast cancer and osteoporosis.
And a 1999 study conducted at the University of Athens Medical School showed that the Mediterranean diet may even help protect against rheumatoid arthritis. People who consumed olive oil and lots of cooked vegetables had a 39 percent lower risk of developing this joint disease.