The Kalamata Olives is the most well known, taste award winning Greek olive variety globally. It has conical-cylindrical shape and is grown mainly in Peloponnese County in southern Greece. Its name is taken from the city of Kalamata. Kalamata olives mature naturally on trees and handpicked directly from the olive trees once they reach a deep brownish black to dark purple colour. Collecting the olives at full maturity is essential to deliver an exceptional rich, smoky, fruity flavor as well as meaty, crunchy texture.
Kalamata olives are a source of high nutritional value as they contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Owing to its antioxidant properties, latest studies have shown its beneficial contribution to the health of the heart.
Kalamata olives can be processed in a variety of ways and be presented in different forms.