Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kalamata or Kalamon Olives

English: Locator map for Kalamata municipality...
Kalamata municipality in Greek region Peloponnese(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A lot of people think that there is some difference between Kalamata olives and Kalamon olives, but in truth, they are one and the same thing. Olives grown around the city of Kalamata are called Kalamata olives, olives grown in the beautiful countryside of Messina and Sparta are named Kalamon olives.  They are exactly the same sort of olives, the name only changes due to EU naming legislation.

The city of Kalamata sits on the Nedon river overlooking the beautiful Messenian Gulf in southern Greece.  Kalamata is famous for its Byzantine churches, its 13th Century castle and of course, for giving its name to the Kalamata, or Kalamon olive.

Kalamata is home to the almost mythical Mother Olive Tree.  This huge fruit bearing olive tree is thought to be over 800 years old and has escaped being destroyed when olive groves in their thousands were destroyed by invading armies.

Further back in Greek history some of the Kalamata olive trees were called moria trees. Moria trees were held to have been grown from the original olive which the goddess Athena caused to grow up on the Acropolis in Athens.  Moria trees were so important, and the oil pressed from their olives considered so vital to Greece that individuals were not allowed to own them.  All moria trees were the property of the state.

Homer wrote about the olives being grown in Kalamata, and our Kalamon olives may well grow on trees descended from the very trees that inspired Homer.  In many olive groves today, the methods for growing and harvesting Kalamon olives have not changed much since Homer’s time.  The olives still grow slowly in the Mediterranean sun, they ripen gradually through the late Autumn until in the early winter they are ready to be shaken loose from the trees and collected by hand from the nets spread under the trees to catch them.

English: Olives on tree in italy
English: Olives on tree in italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Our premium olives and olive oil are grown as Homer would have understood, in the organic way.  These olives are large in size, with a smooth and pleasing texture and a rich flavour. Kalamon are fabulous on their served; they can be served as an appetizer before dinner, as part of a meze of simple Greek dishes, or even just as a healthy and good-tasting snack. Added to cooked dishes, Kalamon olives add flavour and colour to breads, casseroles and pasta dishes.  Healthy and versatile, and lovingly grown in the traditional manner, Kalamon olives are highly prized both in Greece and the wider world.

*This article has been to the client three times, and each time the client has rejected it so I'll dump it here and do a complete re-write.

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  1. Hi Mike, You have something wrong in the last paragraph about half way through. You have a line "Kalamon are fabulous on their served." It might just be on this version but I thought I'd point it out. Sorry.

    The good news is that although I can't stand olives I still read your article!!

  2. No wonder it keeps getting rejected ;-)