2001 Union St., Ste. 520, San Francisco, CA 94123, www.lykovouno.com
For those looking for a gourmet option when thinking of gifts this holiday season, the Lykovouno Gift Box contains a selection of some of the company’s olive-based products. Each gift box includes:
• Greek extra-virgin olive oil (Two large 500 ml bottles)
• Greek organic wild oregano (0.5 oz)
• Kalamata olives in Koroneiki olive oil (8 oz)
• Kalamata Greek olive paste (2.82 oz)
All Lykovouno olive oil is made from a single type of Koroneiki olive, exclusively hand-picked, cold-pressed, and bottled in the Valley of Sparta on a private estate. This unique Koroneiki olive oil has won awards at the L.A. County Fair and the Lakonia State Fair in Greece, and is also used in the other components of the gift box, including the Kalamata olives and Greek olive paste, which is prepared using a traditional Greek family recipe. The organic wild oregano is also from Greece, picked by local villagers from the forests around the private estate.
In addition to its taste and versatility, extra-virgin olive oil has also been associated with several health benefits both in tradition and in science. One such health benefit includes fighting free radicals in the body due to its high antioxidant content. It could also have applications in cardiovascular support, due to studies showing that extra-virgin olive oil can increase HDL, known as the “good cholesterol.” Other studies link olive oil to anti-inflammatory action and appetite reduction.
Published in WholeFoods Magazine, December 2014