Organic, Raw, Fermented Goodness from Greece
Did you know that you cannot eat an olive straight from the tree?
To make an olive edible, they need to be de-bittered. The traditional way to do this is by slowly curing in sea salted water for 3-6 months. Most supermarket olives are not made in this way anymore but are instead washed in caustic soda to de-bitter then preserved in brine. Guess what though, as it’s a “processing aid” it does not end up on the ingredients list!
Olives made in the traditional way
MANI Organic Greek olives are only made in the traditional way using care and time, respecting the tree rhythms and prioritising quality over quantity. They are harvested by hand and no pesticides are used. During the sea salt brine curing phase, the olives ferment creating natural lactic bacteria. This natural fermentation gives the olives similar properties to live yoghurts and kefir.
The beautiful landscape of the Greek Peloponnese
The olives are vacuum packed into recyclable glass jars without any pasteurisation. This means the product continues to ferment, producing healthy compounds and preserving the nutritional properties. Vacuum packing removes the need for brine, so you get to enjoy the true taste of MANI’s delicious olives. As a Raw Vegan product it is great if you want a dairy free alternative to a natural yoghurt!
A Company with Ethics
Fritz and Burgi Bläuel came to the Mani in the 1970s in search of an alternative way of life. Their values have always been focused on appreciation of nature, care of the land and respect for people. Their philosophy of love for people and the environment means that farmers are given a fair price and sustainable practices are upheld. The Bläuel family also run an organic vegetarian hotel called the Mani Sonnenlink. Guests can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Peloponnese and eat locally produced vegetarian cuisine, including, of course Mani olives and olive oil http://www.mani.organic/origin-with-soul/mani-sonnenlink/
You can find out more about the Bläuel family here http://www.mani.organic/a-company-with-ethics/sustainability/
Head to our stores and look out for MANI Organic. We love their olives, olive oil and meze range!