February 2017: ...We are about to suffer a worldwide olive oil shortage...
The problem is several terrible years in the making. Erratic weather in Spain, Italy and Greece, where the bulk of the world’s olive oil is produced, has decimated crops. In Italy, unseasonably hot and muggy temperatures have attracted fruit flies and bacteria, damaging groves. Farmers say their yields will be cut in half this year. In Greece, a heat wave could cost growers more than a quarter of their crop. Flooding in Spain’s most fertile regions has decimated its harvest. Overall, experts say, global production is set to fall about 8 percent.
These shortages come as demand for the product has skyrocketed around the world. China recently has become enamored with the stuff, consuming nearly $200 million worth of olive each year. The country’s nouveau riche see the product as a healthier alternative to other fatty oils. They import nearly 99 percent of what they use.
With increased demand and less supply, prices are climbing. Since October, the cost of extra-virgin olive oil has jumped 30 percent in Italy, to $6.15 a kilogram. In Spain, the cost is up about 10 percent, near a seven-year high, according to the International Olive Council in Madrid. In Greece, it’s 17 percent. And forecasters say the worst is yet to come..
November 2016...the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food's estimate lower production this year due to damages from an unusual heatwave in the spring, very little rain and damages from the olive fly. The quality of Greece;s EVOO will not alter but the quantity will be less, putting pressure on availability and prices. For our Canadian market place, the lower Canadian dollar will also have an impact of this years crop that will arrive in March/April 2017.
An authentic great Spartan Horyiatiki Greek Salad recipe from Trish Stratus?
Olive Oil Times....Two Tablespoons: FDA’s Takes on the Benefits of Olive Oil
Toronto Sun....Olive Oil has "healing" benefits. A compound in olive oil helps keep the blood flowing throughout our bodies.
Yes, Yes, Yes, you can cook main course to desserts using good quality olive oils...especially Greek EVOO....and for more about cooking with olive oil visit The Olive Oil Source. Or Health Impact News.
Spartan Rolling Hills (SRH) - a Certified Organic grower Since 2006---Now there are over 60 Canadian locations to serve you from Kingston to Kitchener to Georgetown to Heart Lake to Burlington Ontario....and we ship to anywhere in the world.
Go to the Store Location button on this website and put in your postal code to find the closest retail location to you. Also check the News section for a sampling/taste location near you.
Join Nick and John each week at a Spartan Rolling Hills olive oil tasting location in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Kitchener, Kingston, Georgetown, Guelph and at these New Ontario locations at Caudle's Catch, 60 Otonabee in Kitchener, 519-894-0442. Royal York Meat Department, 392 Royal York Rd, Toronto, 416-255-6328. Victoria Street Market, 1575 Victoria Street North at Farwell Drive, Kitchener, 519-743-6481 . .
Spartan Rolling Hills welcomes more select locations where the SRH products are sold. We now have over 60 locations in Ontario to serve you from Bolton, Brampton, Burlington, Georgetown, Guelph, Kingston, Kitchener, Markham, Niagara Falls, Nobleton, Richmond Hill, Toronto, Thornhill, Waterloo, Vaughan to Caledon Ontario. And of course, we can ship to anywhere in the world.
Spartan Rolling Hills is now available at Gerrie's Garden Farm Market in Elora Ontario on October 1, 2016. Come and have a taste/sample of our wonderful early harvested EVOO at 7646 Colborne Street in Elora.
Welcome to The Meat Department at 121 Roncenvalles Avenue, M6R 2K9. Our SRH 1 Litre Regular Extra Virgin, 500 Ml Extra Virgin EVOO plus our Olives are available at hte new The Meat Department location. Also available at the Danforth Avenue location, east of Broadview, accross the streeet from the LCBO.
Victoria Whole Foods at 1450 Gerrard St East at Coxwell is our latest Toronto based retail store to carry our full range of products. www.victoriawholefoods.ca.
Welcome to Broadway Farm's Market, 12506 Heart Lake Road, Caledon, Ontario, L7C 2J3, tel 905-843-9225. Visit their website at www.broadwayfarms.com.
Spartan Rolling Hills is proud to announce that we will be sampling our SRH Greek EVOO Olive Oils and Olives in Pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil at Toronto's Bloor Street Market 55 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON M4W 1A5, 416-923-8831. Come and sample and buy our wonderfull Spartan Rolling Hills products at the Bloor Street Market located at the Manu Life Centre at the south east corner of Bay and Bloor. NOTE: SRH EVOO is offered as one of the dressings for the fresh salads available at the Bloor Street Market.
Spartan Rolling Hills welcomes Masellis Supermarket at 906 Danforth Avenue, M4J 1L9, 416-465-7901, in Toronto's Greektown, just east of Jones Avenue and west of Donlands Avenue. Masellis will be offering our Organic750ML and 500ML and our 1L and 750ML Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Welcome Masellis
And a huge welcome to Olliffe Purveryors of the Finest Meats located at the worlds longest street at 1079a Yonge Street, Toronto Ontario. The 2nd location is in Toronto's Leslieville area at 1378 Queen St. East at Greenwood. Come and take home our Spartan Rolling Hills Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) and the tastiest olives in Canada
Hello and welcome to Diana's Seafood Delight, 2101 Lawrence Ave.East Toronto, M1R 3C3, 416-288-9286 who is carrying our entire line of Organic and Regular Olive Oils (EVOO) and Olives. Diana's carries our full range of products.
Welcome to Summerhill Market and Summerhill Market North - Summerhill Market @ 446 Summerhill Avenue, M4W 2E1, 416-921-2714 ( Carries Olive Oils and Olives) and Summerhill Market North @ 1054 Mount Pleasant Road, M4P 2M4, 519-745-7800 (Carries our Organic and Regular Olive Oils).
Welcome to La Salumeria, located at 2021 Yonge Street, Toronto, M3S 2A2, 416-486-8327, just north of Davisville on the east side of Yonge Street. La Salumeria will offer our Organic 750ML, the non-organic 1Litre and 750ML and our fantastic olives, marinated in red wine vinegar and sea salt and packaged in EVOO. Visit and pick up a bottle of the best olive oil in Canada.
Welcome Eadrey Foods located at 1129 Queen Street East, just west of Jones Avenue in the heart of Totonto's Leslieville district. Our Spartan Rolling Hills Organic (EVOOO) Extra Virgin Olive OIl and Olives in Pure Olive Oil are now available at Eadrey Foods....and add both to that special Gift Basket or house warming gift!!
A reminder that when you are visiting Toronto's St. Lawrence Market, our Spartan Rolling Hills Organic Olive Oil is offered at Scheffler's Delicatessen & Cheese at 93 Front Street in the south market.
Welcome to The Meat Department in Toronto's Greek Town on the Danforth at 207 Danforth Ave., M4K 1N2, 416-320-8790. Located on the south side, just east of Broadview and directly across the street from the new LCBO. Our SRH 1 Litre Regular Extra Virgin, 500 Ml Extra Virgin EVOO plus our Olives are available at The Meat Department.
The Mill Street Cheese Market, in Georgetown Ontario is now selling our SRH products. Come and taste our wonderfull products and of course take some of our Spartan Rolling Hills olive oil and olives home with you. See you there.
Spartan Rolling Hills (SRH)..."Bringing the very highest quality products to the everyday table"
Welcome to Spartan Rolling Hills.
Exceptional quality, 100 % Pure, Unfiltered, No Cholesterol, Agourelaio (early harvested) Regular and Certified Organic Cold First Pressed Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil ( Greek EVOO) with Oleic acidity of < 0.8% and Olives cured in wine vinegar, sea salt and packed in extra virgin olive oil.
Our early crop, pure, unfiltered “Agourelaio” literally means “unripe olive oil”. Extra virgin olive oil extracted from this olive fruit is distinct for its rich green colour, fruity aroma and a slightly spicy flavour.
Check our Recent News section for the latest news about our Taste locations, retail outlets and SRH olive oil news
To achieve our goal, we bring to you 100% pure, unfiltered, early harvested authentic Greek olive oil and olives from our family olive groves and those of our neighbours and friends located in the sun drenched rolling hills of southern Greece, near the city of Sparti. Three tree types (Manataki, Koutsourelia and Kakoni) are early harvested each year from late November to January, producing a dark green, Olive flavoured, aromatic olive oil with a slight peppery/spicy after taste. Fantastic for salads, dipping and cooking...yes you can cook with good quality olive oil.
We are involved with every step of the process from planting, harvest, preparation, packaging and distribution so the highest quality product is delivered every time.
Contact us by email to order or to inquire about our Spartan Rolling Hills ORGANIC and Regular Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Olives cured in red wine vinegar, sea salt and packed in extra virgin olive oil.
Why Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spartan Rolling Hills?
Olive oil is an integral part of the Mediterranean diet, which is associated with sensitive tasty portions and slower, more enjoyable eating. People who eat a "Mediterranean diet" have been shown to have a remarkable variety of health benefits.
Olive oil can quickly satisfy hunger and lead to fewer total calories. Studies suggest that olive oil decreases rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Extra virgin olive oil is one of the few oils that can be eaten without chemical processing. (Nearly every other vegetable oil is detoxified and refined with steam and solvents). Fresh picked and pressed olive oil can be eaten immediately and retains the natural flavours, vitamins, antioxidants and other healthy products of the ripe olive fruit.
The special southern Greek climate near the sea, mountains with long sun drenched days are ideal for top grade olive oil and olives. The excellent growing conditions, coupled with centuries of family love and tender care and experience, results in producing the best Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Olives possible anywhere in the world.
Spartan Rolling Hills, family members travel between Canada and Greece each year to oversee the harvest, selection and production of our olive oil and olives. The products are then shipped to Canada for bottling, distribution and sale to our family, friends and customers in Canada, USA and other parts of the world.
What is the difference between Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Virgin Olive Oil and so on
All olive oil is not created equal. Climate, handling, pure vs blends are just as few of the reasons.
Spartan Rolling Hills is a registered grower and exporter of Greece and as such is compliant with all Greek and European laws dealing with production, harvest, precessing and labeling that meets and exceeds all standards set the Europe, Greece, USA and Canada in respect to regular and organic olive oils and olives.
Our Regular and Organic Extra Virgin olive oil is produced with the traditional cold-press process without use of heat or chemicals and contains 100% Greek olive oil from the same local region. We harvest early in the crop season that gives our oil that rich green olive oil colour and "agourelaio" aroma and flavour. There are no additives or less expensive grade of olive oils added as is often the case in less expensive olive oils sold in Canada and USA. Refer to this article by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC.
We guarantee that our Spartan Rolling Hills Extra Virgin Olive Oil is 100% pure Greek olive oil and guarantee the Oelic acidity to be below < 0.8 %.
Some definitions such as "What is the difference between extra virgin and virgin olive oil?" can be found courtesy of IOOC at: http://www.internationaloliveoil.org)
To place your order for Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Olives, contact Spartan Rolling Hills:
Virgin olive oils
This oil is obtained only from the olive, the fruit of the olive tree. It has not undergone any treatment other than washing, decanting, centrifuging and filtering. It excludes oils obtained by the use of solvents or re-esterification methods, and those mixed with oils from other sources.
It can be qualified as a natural product, and virgin olive oil can have a designation of origin when it meets the specific characteristics associated with a particular region.
Virgin olive oils can have the following designations and classifications depending on their organoleptic (taste and aroma) and analytic characteristics (the degree of acidity refers to the proportion of free fatty acids, not to the taste)
Extra Virgin olive oil
Virgin olive oil with an absolutely impeccable taste and aroma; fruity; the acidity, expressed in Oleic acid, may not exceed 0.8 %.
Extra Virgin olive oil accounts for less than 10% of oil in many producing countries. Used on salads, added at the table to soups and stews and for dipping....and yes you can cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Virgin olive oil
Perfect flavor and odor, maximum acidity (Oleic acid) of 2g/100g - 2% with maximum peroxide value mequiv 02/kg of 20
Ordinary Virgin Olive Oil
Good flavor and odor, maximum acidity (Oleic acid) of 3.3g/100g - 3.3% with maximum peroxide value mequiv 02/kg of 20 Ordinary oil may still be fine for frying or where flavor is not wanted or needed.
Lampante Virgin Olive oil
Virgin olive oil with an acidity of more than 3.3% and/or whose organoleptic characteristics have defects. Not fit for direct consumption. Always refined; you won't see oil for sale in this classification.
A low cost blend of refined and virgin oil. Maximum acidity (oleic acid) of 1.5g/100g - 1.5% with maximum peroxide value mequiv 02/kg of 15. The cheap refined oil is mixed with a flavorful virgin oil.
Refined Olive Oil or Pure Olive oil
This is obtained by refining virgin olive oils which have a high acidity level and/or organoleptic defects which are eliminated after refining. An oil with maximum acidity of .5g/100g - .5% with maximum peroxide value mequiv 02/kg of 10.
Over 50% of the oil produced in the Mediterranean area is of such poor quality that it must be refined to produce an edible product. Note that no solvents have been used to extract the oil but it has been refined with the use of charcoal and other chemical and physical filters. An obsolete equivalent is "pure olive oil"
Olive Pomace oil
A mixture of pomace oil and virgin olive oil with a
resultant maximum acidity (oleic acid) of 1.5g/100g - 1.5% with maximum peroxide value mequiv 02/kg of 15
Pomace is the ground flesh and pits after pressing. Any oil that hasn't been removed by pressure can then be extracted using steam and solvents. This is pomace oil. It is considered an inferior grade and is used for soap making or industrial purposes
cake is the solid phase that's remained after pressing olives. Also called pomace or sansa.
Cold pressed is not a reliably regulated label description for olive oil. Cold pressed olive oil is made by milling the olives into paste under cold conditions then malaxation or mixing of the paste for 30 to 60 minutes with the addition of heat via steam or hot water jackets to raise it up to body temperature.
Heating the paste increases yield but degrades flavor so heating beyond that point would degrade the flavor of the oil to the point where it would not qualify as extra virgin. After the oil is pressed out of the paste, the dry pomace (pits and flesh) is sometimes sold to refineries where steam and solvents are used to remove any residual oil.
First press is not an official definition for olive oil. A century ago, oil was pressed in screw or hydraulic presses. The paste was subjected to increasingly high pressures with subsequent degradation in the flavor of the oil. Today the vast majority of oil is made in continuous centrifugal presses. There is no first or second pressing, there is usually only a first press.
Lite or Light Olive Oil
In the U.S./Canada, flavourless and often low quality (refined) oil is sold as "lite" or "light" oil for a premium price. The "light" designation refers to flavor, not caloric content, as all olive oil has the same amount of calories. There is no official definition of lite or light
Spartan Rolling Hills is Certified Organic and imports and distributes only First Cold Pressed 100% Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil from our own family owned and operated olive groves and those of relatives and family friends in and around our village near Sparta in southern Peloponnese.
Contact us and we will assist you to get our product to your table or to your store so you can offer this great olive oil and olives to your customers. We can ship to anywhere in the world
Our objective is to be your main source of high quality olive oil and olives for your kitchen or the kitchen of your customers. Spartan Rolling Hills Regular and Organic early harvested Agourelaio olive oil is one the best in the world.