Argoladi (pronounced ar-go-lá-thi) is an organic, early harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil. It is produced in Kranidi, in the Argolida area of Greece’s Peloponnesus by Vlachopoulos, S.A. The Vlacholopoulos family has been producing olive oil for generations and their 75 acre property has about 2000 trees. The Vlachopoulos brothers, a trio of engineers, have put their analytical skills to use, working to improve their processes and their oil to make it the best in the region. Argoladi is being imported and distributed in the United States by Floros-Phelps, LLC, a family-based business in the Hershey/Harrisburg region of central Pennsylvania with close ties to the Kranidi region and the Vlachopoulos family. Argoladi was the proud recipient of a Silver Medal at the 2015 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition for our debut offering from the November 2014 harvest in the category of Greek Blends.
Our name, Argoladi, is inspired by our home, Argolida, a sunny, semi-arid area on the Aegean coast of Greece’s Peloponnesian peninsula. It is also inspired by our product, olive oil or “ladi” in Greek. Olive oil has played a major role in Greek life for millennia. The olive tree was domesticated in the eastern Mediterranean during the Neolithic period (6th millenium BC). Our logo is an olive leaf motif derived from the ideogram for olives in the Linear B tablets of the Mycenaean period (14th – 12th century BC).
Our Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Argoladi has been certified organic by Cosmocert. Argoladi is packaged in a 330 ml (11.16 oz) can to protect it from the damaging effects of light. The chemical analysis of our fall 2017 harvest shows that Argoladi rates very highly within the standards for extra virgin olive. The peroxide value of 8 is well below the extra virgin olive oil cutoff value of 20, and indicates an oil with a low content of reactive oxidants. Acidity or free fatty acid level is a measure of oil quality and with a value of 0.24% is also far below the limit of 0.80%, the low acidity resulting from prompt and careful processing of the olives. The other parameters, K270 (Argoladi – 0.10; normal limit 0.22), K232 (Argoladi – 1.74; normal limit 2.5), and DK (Argoladi – 0; normal limit 0.01) all indicate that very low levels of oxidation products are present in the oil and confirm its freshness and high quality. Total polyphenols, important antioxidant molecules, are 454 mg/kg allowing Argoladi to make the health claim that “Olive oil polyphenols contribute to the protection of blood lipids from oxidative stress.”
Sensory analysis: Argoladi is a well-balanced medium intensity oil with mild astringency and it is free of defects. It has a strong aroma of olive fruit and grass, and is described as fruity (medium intensity), bitter (delicate intensity), and pungent (medium intensity).
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