Spartan Rolling Hills (SRH) – Certified Organic since 2006
“Bringing the very highest quality products to the everyday table.” FROM OUR GROVES from the PELOPONNESE LACONIA GREECE, ONE OF THE WORLD’S RENOWNED AREAS FOR PRODUCING EXCELLENT OLIVE OILS. Harvested in Greece, bottled and packaged in Canada.
It is known as a ‘Village Salad’ or ‘Horyiatiki Salata’, pronounced hor-ya-tee-kee sah-LAH-tah (in Greek χωριάτικη σαλάτα) or simply, traditionally a ‘Village Salad’. If you were to order the ‘Greek salad’ in Greece, this is what you would get. Notice, there is no lettuce. Many restaurants have commercialized the traditional ‘Greek salad’ and will toss in the ‘filler’ iceberg lettuce. Since it’s such a simple salad, paying special attention to each ingredient is what is going to make it. Here’s what is going to make your Greek salad, a great Greek salad:
- Tomatoes – as long as they are ripe and in-season, you can use any variety including hot-house, beef, even cherry
- Olive oil – choose a quality Greek olive oil, yes it must be GREEK olive oil – you are making a Greek salad after all!
- Olives – Kalamata is what is usually used
- Feta – feta is only ‘feta’ in the traditional sense, if it is made of goat or sheep’s milk – not cow’s milk
I am a little spoiled when it comes to my olive oil and olives as mine comes to me directly from my family olive groves and those of our neighbours and friends located in the sun drenched rolling hills of southern Greece. Near the city of Sparta, in the Lakonia district is the Spartan valley which is surrounded by mountains and sun drenched long sunny days, making ideal growing conditions for olive oil and olives of the highest quality. Early harvested from late November to January each year from three tree types (Manataki, Koutsourelia and Kakoni), we produce a dark green olive flavoured aromatic olive oil with a slight peppery after taste……Spartan Rolling Hills EVOO..