Agreco Produce – Fresh, Healthy, totally Greek

Posted by GRECOTEL on November - 7 - 2011

The “Pantopoleion” in Greek means “sells everything” and these shops are still found in many villages; often combined with the local kafeneio [coffee shop].

At the Agreco Farm in Crete and the SunStore shops at selected Grecotel hotels guests have the opportunity to take home farm-produced delicacies including olive oil, wine, raki, olives, herbs, farmhouse jams, preserves and honey.

A selection of similar products from smallholders in other regions of Crete & Greece supplement the range of aromatherapy oils,  teas & infusions, natural beauty products, ouzo, balsams and saffron.

ISLAND THYME HONEY

Greek honey, celebrated as the finest in the world, owes its flavour to the wild herbs that dot the landscape.

In ancient Greece, honey was considered divine – for the Greeks believed this was the gods’ precious nectar. Honey was used in sacrifices and to honour heroes.  It was eaten, plain or with walnuts – a combination still considered aphrodisiac and thus served to newlyweds.  But honey was also used for flavouring wine and in cosmetics, as well as a cure for various ailments, from skin rashes to sore throats and insomnia.

Cretan honey is pure, a nutritional cocktail bursting with energy, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and natural enzymes.  Honeybees are a favourite motif in Minoan jewellery, which depict the small bronze-coloured insect native to Crete.  In Cretan mythology, Zeus was raised on honey from the small Cretan bee.

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OLIVES & OLIVE OIL

Since the Bronze Age, olive oil has been Crete’s liquid gold, a source of nourishment and wealth. Olive oil was the Minoans’ chief export.

Olive oil holds a special place in Cretan culture, from food and folk medicine to customs and religion. Olives are picked by hand, either by shaking the tree branches so the ripe olives fall to the ground or by carefully plucking the olives to be cured.

As soon as the olives are picked, they’re rushed to the press which, at peak season, operates day and night until all the oil has been extracted. This must be done quickly to keep acidity low but also gently to avoid overheating, which is why organic farms like Agreco continue to use traditional donkey-powered presses.

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HERBAL INFUSIONS

Herbal infusions have played a significant role in Crete’s history.  The gods dined on sage, heroes were crowned with laurel, and mint was worn at special festivals.

Crete is a botanist’s paradise: although 35 times smaller than Great Britain, it has the same number of plant species – 2,000 – including a large share of endemic plants.

Many of these plants are aromatic herbs, which have played a central role in Cretan folklore, folk medicine, culture, and cuisine.

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CRETAN RUSKS (Paximadia)

Bread rusks are one of the simplest yet most delicious dishes in Cretan cuisine and are a staple of the Cretan diet. They are often served as ‘koukouvayia’ (meaning owl as the circular rusks resemble the bird’s eyes) topped with fresh tomato, olive oil, herbs and Feta cheese.

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AGRECO FARM

Adelianos Kampos, Adele Village
GR 74 100 Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Tel.: +30 28310 72129, +30 28310 54014, +30 28310 20750
Fax: +30 28310 72129, +30 28310 20752
E-mail: info@agreco.gr


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