Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Products
A large number of products in our range have been awarded PDO status.
PDO and what it means
PDO means Protected Designation of Origin. To be labelled PDO an oil must be approved as coming from a specific region, being made by specific methods and using specific varieties of olives.
Kalamata PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) extra virgin olive oil from the Kalamata region of Greece is considered some of the best in the world. Kalamata PDO extra virgin olive oil is not actually made using Kalamata olives (which are not used for making oil), but comes from the Kalamata region of Greece. This region is famous for olive oil production because its mountainous landscape produces oil rich olives that are pressed to make excellent olive oil.
Feta, the most popular Greek cheese has a world-wide reputation and has been produced in Greece since ancient times (since the times of Homer) It is made using traditional methods exclusively from sheep’s milk, or a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk and the PDO geographical areas include Macedonia, Thrace, Thessaly, Central mainland Greece, the Peloponese and Lesbos.
Using milk from sheep and goat’s breeds reared traditionally in these areas ensures a feta with a distinct flavor as the animals graze on a diet that is based on the wide range of flora native to these areas.
Krokos Kozani Saffron
The northern Greek region of Kozani is one of only four regions in the world where saffron is grown. Greek Saffron or ‘Krokos Kozani’ as it is called in Greece, is renowned worldwide for being one of the finest – with a dark ruby rich colour and pungent aroma. The production of Krokos Kozani is strictly controlled by the Saffron Producers Cooperative of Kozani which has the exclusive right to produce this rare spice. Krokos Kozani was awarded P.D.O status in 1999.