Organic Olive Oil

Organic Olive Oil (bio-olive oil, eco-olive oil, etc.) is usually perceived from a consumerist point of view; there are no pesticides or herbicides to sneak into our meals. And that’s great.

But, as a producer who spends days on his groves, I believe there’s another, even more important aspect.

Put simply, our family’s olive groves look like natural olive forests. Our trees are part of a greater ecosystem in which all forms of life are respected and allowed to bloom. In return, all those beautiful bugs and flowers that embrace my trees are a great source of nutrients. Sometimes we fail to see the connection, which is indirect yet crucial.

Put bluntly, by choosing (truly) organic olive oil, you choose not to kill an ecosystem’s diversity. You choose balance and life over exploitation and death. The following two images will help you understand the difference.

Ioanna harvesting Chamomile in our family's groves that produce organic olive oil.

Organic Olive Tree Cultivation

In this picture, Ioanna is caught in the act of harvesting chamomile to later turn into relaxing chamomile tea. As you can see, she is in our olive groves, right in the shade of an olive tree.

The trees enjoy the presence of hundreds of species of microbes, herbs, flowers, insects, and other animals that essentially turn our olive groves into a natural olive forest.

Biodiversity is a key factor for a thriving ecosystem. The higher the diversity, the higher the chances that a natural balance can be achieved.

We don’t see ourselves as the all-knowing, all-powerful rulers of our land. On the contrary, we allow Life to lead the way and we follow.

Another very important aspect of this ecosystem is that the increased number of root systems functions as a carbon sink, essentially increasing our land’s capability to store carbon and battle climate change.

Conventional Olive Tree Cultivation

This is a photo of a conventional olive grove located in France. The lack of any form of life below the olive trees is shocking in comparison to our organic olive groves. No microbes, flowers, herbs or animals have the chance to thrive in such an environment. In effect, it is not what we consider to be “Nature” anymore. 

We are used to seeing images of tilled land filled with organic-matter-deprived soil. However, this old agricultural practice has proven to be harmful to ecosystems’ diversity. Eventually, that leads to poor nutritional value of the produced food, desertification, and a limited carbon capacity in the soil.

Take a moment to look at the two very different types of soil and realize the greater importance of organic EVOO.

Conventional Olive Grove that does not produce organic olive oil.
Freshly harvested olives ready to become organic olive oil

What is Organic Olive Oil?

Organic olive oil, just like all organic products, is produced in the absence of industrially prepared pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. This should be the case throughout the production process, including cultivation, harvesting, pressing, storing and bottling. 

Organic Olive Oil Analysis. No chemical compounds located.

How is Organic Olive Oil Certified?

On the left you can see a typical chemical analysis of a truly organic olive oil. The olive oil is tested for hundreds of different substances that are known to be used in conventional agriculture. Myrolion always yields no quantifiable substances since we do not utilize any.

For olive oil to be certified organic, supervision by an Inspection Body is mandatory. As you can see in our partners section, Myrolion is supervised by BioHellas, which provides inspection and certification services according to EU Regulation 834/2007. According to the Organic Certification Directory 2008, a special edition of the Organic Standard, BioHellas is among the top ten of Inspection and Certification Bodies worldwide.

BioHellas certifies that our practices and the practices of our partners that are necessary for the extraction and bottling of our organic EVOO, are indeed organic.

How Do We Keep Myrolion Organic?

Our family consumes the same olive oil daily, and we wouldn’t be happy to know that our food is jammed with pesticides and herbicides. However, industrially prepared herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers allow farmers to deal with a plethora of otherwise serious challenges quickly and usually affordably. So, what do we do instead?

Hard Labor

Lots and lots of manual labor. What herbicides do in one hour, we do in days of hard work.

Nature Leads the Way

We let Nature do her job. Permaculture enables legumes and other naturally-occurring plant species to feed our olive trees.

Smart Pest Control

We fight pests with trapping and fruit camouflaging techniques instead of potentially harmful chemical sprays.

Increased Control of Organic Olive Oil

Organic cultivation limits our yields, which allows us to monitor our olive oil’s quality slowly and easily, while keeping it perfect for consumption.

Myrolion Organic Certifications

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