ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

We are a family owned estate in the hills of Iklena, a small village south – west of Peloponnese, Messinia. A small village but big in history as it was part of the kingdom of Nestor the mythic king of Pylos and un important commercial centre.

Iklena has drawn attention lately due to important excavations of the Late Bronze Age – the Mycenaean civilization that have come to light. Here is where the most ancient form of Linear B writing in Europe has been found. In this land we have been cultivating the olive trees for many generations, by using the same traditional farming methods.

OUR OLIVE GROVES

Due to our love and respect for nature and our olive trees, we choose to cultivate in an organic and biodynamic manner targeting quality instead of quantity. We reject the use of pesticides, weed killing, fertilizers and machines, using hand harvesting methods, compost, manures and various natural minerals instead. With this gentle, natural, holistic and eco-friendly way of agriculture, we have seen a great improvement in flora and fauna of our land.

OUR OIL

The “Koroneiki” and “Mavroelia” varieties in the microclimate of our region which has wet winters, sunny hot summers, along with the breeze of the Ionian sea gives our oil its fruity and spicy taste, the high levels of polyphenols and the low acidity.

 

Our early hand harvest, the cold pressed extraction and the high standards of bottling and storage methods, has resulted in a superior quality olive oil.

 

Plus our organic and biodynamic agriculture methods are strictly controlled and certified by BIOHELLAS and DEMETER the bodies responsible for certifying organic and biodynamic products has led to a superior product, recognised with various awards. This is what makes us special.

 

Ultra Premium olive oil is the category of olive oil with the highest quality standards regarding organoleptic properties, production, storage, transportation, acidity and polyphenolic content.

THE OLIVE OIL

Health

Olive oil improves overall health. It is proved that the high content of polyphenols (anti-inflamantory and antioxidant), unsaturated fats, and vitamin E in olive oil  have cardioprotective effects, by reducing LDL  cholesterol and the risk  for metabolic  syndrome, diabetes, and blood clotting

Olive oil  also has neuroprotective effects – improving cognition and reducing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson.

Mediterranean Diet

The benefits of Mediterranean diet are well known, and is considered to be a significant contributing factor in the longevity of persons living in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Spain and France. The diet includes fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, fish and very little consumption of meat. The main source of fat is oil, rich in polyphenols and antioxidants.

People who regularly use olive oil as a dressing and cooking oil, have reduced risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease as it is rich is antioxidants, polyphenols and Vitamin E. The antioxidants may even reduce the risk for breast cancer.

History

The olive tree has been cultivated in Greece for 3500 years. The Olive Oil has been present in all the aspects of Greek everyday life, including diet, medicine, religion, mythology, even cosmetics and art.

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are micronutrients present in plant – based foods and especially olive oil that are rich in antioxidants, helping to protect the blood lipids from oxidative stress, therefore it lowers the risk for heart disease, inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease.

CERTIFICATIONS – AWARDS

CERTIFICATIONS

ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC CERTIFICATIONS

Our olive groves are regularly strictly  controlled and therefore certified by BIOHELLAS the certification body for organic products and DEMETER the brand  for biodynamic  products.

    

CERTIFICATION OF THE OLIVE PRESS AND BOTTLING UNIT

The high standards of  cold pressed extraction, bottling and storage  methods  are certified  by BIOHELLAS  and DEMETER and the standards ISO 20000-2005
 

AWARDS

It was a great honour to receive the  Bronze  award  at the “Olympia Health and Nutrition Awards” for the high  contents of  oleocanthal (polyphenols) of our oil.

Chemical Analysis

OUR PRODUCTS

Our Products - Iklena Ultra Premium

 

Contact Us

H. K. Agrilitsa Limited

Address

Kennedy 23
GLOBE HOUSE, 4th floor
1075 Nicosia
Cyprus

Email

sales@iklena.com

Tel

+357 22506135
+30 6937194490

Fax

+357 22506136