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Olivenoelaward BF 2016 mitUrkundeundOel Bild2From right to left: Michael Stienen (Naturland Zeichen GmbH), Samira Eisenbach y Johannes Eisenbach (Biocyclic Network), Alexander Koch (Naturland)At this year’s BIOFACH, numerous awards were again presented to long-standing members and partners of Naturland. After repeated previous successes, Biocyclic Network, a Greek partner of Naturland, again walked off with an award. At the ceremony “BioFach 2016 Olive Oil Award” in Nuremberg, it was this time the biocyclic extra virgin olive oil produced by Samira and Johannes Eisenbach from Kalamata/Messinia which was ranekd in the TOP 10. It now made it the third time in a row that an olive oil produced to the Naturland standards by our Greek partner, Biocyclic Network, has taken an award at the BIOFACH.
All the oils were assessed with respect to aroma, taste and general condition. In this case the olive oil produced by Biocyclic Network, a Pan-Hellenic organic farming network, got top marks and was awarded a well-deserved second place.
The distinctive taste of this olive oil also results from it being a single farm product. Besides this, the entire production process, from cultivation to pressing and bottling, is performed by one and the same entity. In order to retain all the nutrients and the original fatty acid patterns, the olive mash is carefully cold-pressed (always at below 28°C) immediately, i. e. just a few hours after harvesting.
The olive oil is, moreover, produced to Biocyclic Network’s, the Greek growers’ organisation, own biocyclic standards. These complement the general Naturland standards which already exist and are attuned to the situation to be found in Mediterranean Greece.
In the cultivation of the olive groves, a conscious effort is made to encourage the biological activity of the soil with the intention of maintaining biological diversity. To this end, various types of trees are planted and the soil tilled carefully at certain regular intervals only after the wild flowers and medicinal herbs which grow between the trees have seeded. Furthermore, the olive pulp left over after pressing is later spread on the ground in the olive groves together with the olive leaves and twigs, as compost. This means that no additives or fertilisers derived from animals are applied. Biocyclic olive oil is therefore produced in a vegan-organic manner.