Olive Harvesting in Greece

Dec 09 2021

Chania, Crete: Pamako olive oil and Eftychios Androulakis made Tsounati olive variety famous

Despite the common belief that Tsounati cannot produce olive oil of high quality, but always with his father’s support, Eftychios Androulakis managed to create Pamako and conquer the national and global market. The monovarietal olive oil from Tsounati and the blend of 60% Tsounati and 40% Koroneiki are now prescribed as a food supplement in Belgium, thanks to their phenolic content that reaches 1,800 mg/kg. In an organic olive grove with a steep slope and an altitude of 500 to 700 meters, Mr. Androulakis cultivates 10,000 trees of Koroneiki variety and 4,000 olive trees of Tsounati variety, between 300 and 1,000 years old, reach 15 and even 20 meters in height.

Harvesting the olive from both varieties usually starts on 20th September, but the severe dry spell of the summer of 2021 will force the farmer to start the process a bit later this year (5th of October).  At that time, the olives have a green-yellow skin color. Analysis results of small amounts of oil extraction (100 ml), which give data like the oil concentration and its organoleptic characteristics in different moments, point out the exact harvest moment.

Source: Wikifarmer