How we make our olive oil

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Our History

We are a small independent producer of premium extra virgin olive oil.  

Our olive grove is located on the south west coast of Turkey, overlooking the Mediterranean sea and at the beginning of world famous Lycian Way, the 500km walking trail that starts in Fethiye.

Our land has been worked for thousands of years, but had been neglected for some decades when we acquired it.  We have lovingly brought the land back to life and pruned and cared for the existing olive trees and planted new ones.   


How we make our olive oil

We pick our olives early in the season which contributes to our olive oil's unique flavour and aroma.  Unlike many producers in the region we have our own olive press on site.  This means we can press our olives almost immediately after picking and we can be sure that only our olives are used and that there is just a single extraction of our extra virgin olive oil.


Harvesting

We harvest our olives in mid October to early November. This way we make sure we harvest the olives when they are still green. Once collected the olives are taken to our press. We do not collect or press olives that have fallen on the ground

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Extraction & Milling

The olives are put through a blower which takes out the leaves and twigs. They are then washed and crushed. We use a steel hammer device which causes less oxidation. The resulting paste is stirred in a vat to allow oil microdroplets of oil to coalesce after which the oil is separated from the paste using a centrifuge. 

Storage

Once the oil is extracted it is stored in 500 litre stainless steel tanks in a temperature controlled environment.  We also use nitrogen gas to top off the tanks and seal in the freshness.  This also helps to reduce oxidation and to make sure the oil's quality is preserved. 

Packaging

Our olive oil is available in 250ml and 500lm bottles. The bottles are dark green which helps the oil to retail its flavour and aroma. The labels on our bottles are bright, fresh and informative.

Our Mulberry Syrup & Pomegranate Molasses

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Mulberry Syrup

Mulberry trees are native to Persia. They are vital to the production of silk carpets because silk worms feed on their leaves.  Long ago, Mulberry trees were taken east, across Asia to China, and west to Turkey to support silk carpet production.    

There are three common types of mulberry, white, red and black.  We use black mulberries to make our syrup because they are the sweetest and juiciest.  Our mulberry syrup is made by reducing down the juice with sugar until it becomes a deliciously thick syrup ideal for drizzling on yoghurt, ice cream, pancakes, red fruit, and other desserts. 

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Award winning Mulberry Syrup

Our mulberry syrup has received two stars in the coveted Great Taste Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Foods.  

Great Taste is the world's largest and most trusted food and drink awards.  Our mulberry syrup was put to the test with a panel of over 500 experts, including chefs, buyers, retailers and food writers, to get honest and impartial feedback on its taste and quality.

Great Taste stars are a highly respected and sought-after seal of approval.  

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Pomegranate Molasses

Pomegranate molasses is a thick syrup with a dark grapey colour.  As with many Middle Eastern ingredients, it's most often used to enhance savoury dishes with fruity flavours.  What makes pomegranate molasses exciting is its tangy, almost citrus bite, meaning that the flavour it introduces to dishes is more like the sweet-sourness of preserved lemons or even tamarind, rather than the fruit-sweetness of sultanas and prunes.  The thick but fluid consistency means that it can easily be incorporated into marinades, dressings, and drinks.

The pomegranate is an ancient fruit with a rich history, native to Asia Minor.  It crops up in Greek mythology.  Whole pomegranate fruits have been found preserved in ancient Egyptian burial chambers.  The fruit was also traded along the Silk Route.  

Pomegranate Molasses is made by reducing fresh pomegranate juice which intensifies the natural fruit flavours.  We use a combination of farmed and wild pomegranates which gives our Molasses its distinctive tangy and fruity flavour.

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Anatolian Olive Oil Company

Registered in England. Company number: 11037467. Registered office: 54 Church Street, Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 2BB

+44 7733 298367

Olive Oil in Turkey

A 6000 year history

Anatolia, the crossroads of civilisations, has been home to the olive tree for more than 8000 years. The olive has brought peace, health and beauty to the region. It is part of the fascinating secret of the longevity of the Mediterranean people.

Archaeological remains discovered at Urla, the site of the ancient city of Klazomenai in the Aegean region, testify to olive oil extraction as far back as the 6th century BC and recent discoveries have provided more evidence of early olive trading and exports in this city.

  

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