In Greek, "fos” (φως) means "light”, the ever-present Greek light whose brilliance and luminosity have turned Greece into an iconic land. Inspired by the Greek light as it softly asserts its presence everywhere, Agrosparta named its product collection "Fos” to stress its authentic and traditional nature.
This particular Agrosparta product features large, succulent, and flavorful green olives from the area of Chalkidiki. The growth of Chalkidiki olives is monitored every step of the way and their color depends on the ripening stage they’re in and the time they are harvested. Next, they are hand-picked and packaged with extra care so that their premium sensory traits may remain intact. Once harvested, they are subjected to little processing as Agrosparta uses the old traditional way of preserving olives: in other words, the olives never undergo immersion in lye! Instead, they are pitted, then, patiently cured in natural brine (salt and water) for a 12-month period, a technique that has remained the same in households throughout the Greek countryside for hundreds of years. Agrosparta marinates its table olives in extra virgin olive oil, salt, and vinegar. At no stage of the production process are any chemicals or preservatives used.
In a world that has come to crave for diversity nothing could make a more timely entrance than Agrosparta’s "Fos” green olives stuffed with sweet red peppers. The olives, touched by the brushstrokes of the peppers’ flaming red, look almost like a painting of the images and tastes that are Greece. What’s more, the piquancy and saltiness of the olive is counterbalanced by the sweetness and fleshiness of the roasted red peppers. Greek summer nights spent in the moonlight at an outdoor café while sipping on an ice-cold apéritif and nibbling on traditional green olives stuffed with peppers have arrived for you too!
How To Enjoy
- Ideally paired with tsipouro or ouzo shots, these green olives stuffed with red roasted pepper are sheer perfection as a topping for soft cheese on canapés or for pizzas that are tired of plain olives.
- Store in a cool place away from sources of light. Refrigerate after opening
- Green olives, red roasted peppers, water, salt, acidity regulator (lactic acid); antioxidants: citric acid, ascorbic acid.
The olive tree is among the first trees to provide sustenance to human kind, bringing along a wealth of health benefits. The olive tree’s history, cultivation, fruit, and fruit juice (none other than olive oil), are inextricably linked to the peoples of the Mediterranean and to Greece in particular. Olive trees thrive near the sea under the Mediterranean sun, show a preference for infertile and rocky soils, and can survive weather conditions of drought and rough winds. It is precisely because of all those reasons that Greece is the home of the olive tree: The country’s outstanding terroir encourages olive trees to yield fruit that gives unique, traditional Greek products which envelop all of the history and tradition of Greece.Historians believe that the olive tree has its roots in ancient Greece. Its history and cultivation, together with its fruit and olive oil, the juice of that fruit, have become one with the Mediterranean peoples and cultures and with Greece in particular. Some parts of Greece where olive growing is a way of life and a tradition such as Crete, the Cyclades, as well as the Sporades Islands, are believed to be the birthplace of the olive tree. Homer cites that olive growing began in prehistoric times. More specifically, olive growing dates back to 3000 BC. From the Cycladic Period to the present, olives have been a fundamental element of the Greeks’ social and economic history. A symbol of peace, tranquility, fertility, and rebirth, the olive tree is the Mediterranean culture’s most precious legacy, literally a "divine gift”. The ability of the olive tree to bring forth new growth throughout the year, to grow new shoots from even the most desiccated of trunks has always awed humans. Its fruit, olives, has been a staple of the Mediterranean diet for centuries.
In Greece, there is a wide range of rare olive varietals which, depending on the olive variety and its place of origin, yield quality table olives and are cultivated mostly in the period October to January. The olives’ green, purple-brown, or black color is linked to the olives’ stage of maturation. According to the scientific studies carried out on the health benefits olives have, Greek olives are highly nutritious and rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, trace minerals, monounsaturated fats, and Vitamin E.
Agrosparta is a company located in the area of Sparta, region of Laconia, in the Peloponnese. It specializes in processing, packaging, and trading Greek natural products. Anchored on respect towards the local communities and the environment, the Agrosparta team carefully selects the very best of raw materials available to come up with new products which capture within them only the ingredients that are authentic to Greek cuisine.
Agrosparta products are traded in markets such as those of Australia, Canada, the USA, Germany, Sweden, Dubai, Taiwan, and South Africa. Its efforts to knit closely together the perfect plant location, olive culture know-how, all-natural processing techniques, and cutting-edge production and packing equipment have not gone unnoticed or unrewarded: In 2014, Agrosparta received a two-star Superior Taste Award from the prestigious International Taste & Quality Institute and became the first company ever to have won such an impressive distinction for Kalamata olives. Agrosparta plant and overall facilities were both designed and built according to the specifications and regulations of the ISO 22000 Standard. The company also implements the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Standard in use worldwide as a framework towards assisting food companies in producing safe foods and in selecting reliable suppliers. To Agrosparta, implementation of the BRC Standard means that the company ensures that its customers receive safely-produced, high quality products which successfully meet market and consumer demands.
Laconia can be summed up in one phrase: Magical World. Just like the magical worlds of fairy tales, it captivates one and all with its spellbinding beauty, making it everyone’s fervent wish to drink in that beauty even for a moment! Its history and tradition, its mountain and sea vistas, its genuine people and their deep-seated values, all compose a paradise on earth that no one should miss. The prefecture of Laconia is the southernmost prefecture of Peloponnese and Continental Greece. It gives to the Aegean Sea, the Gulf of Messinia, and the Laconian Gulf.Lakonia could be described as a crossroad where natural beauty meets ancient history. It is the southernmost prefecture of continental Greece. Most interestingly, it invites its visitors on a trip in history through its numerous monuments, extending from ancient and byzantine times to the modern days. Discover legendary Sparta with the glorious byzantine castle city of Mystras and the medieval castle of Monemvasia! Visit the byzantine churches and monasteries, take a walk along the cobblestoned alleys and spend some time admiring the mansions with the arches and the Venetian crests. All these monuments help us explore the rich history of the area. On the other hand, the landscape is characterized by great natural beauty, ideally combining the roughness of the mountains and the serenity of the sea. Experience its magical influence! The rough beauty of Mani, the emerald waters of Elafonissos, the one and only Greek fjord in Gerakas are truly worth exploring! You can also add the valley of Evrotas river, the picturesque Gythio, the countless fishing villages, natural Diros caves, the villages on Mount Taigetos and Parnonas, green gorges, watermills, caves and waterfalls. All these make a heavenly landscape!
Laconia, just like the rest of the Peloponnese, is renowned for its wealth of highly-praised, all-natural local products which one can find at each and every corner of it: its top-quality olive oils, its famed wines, its pure honey, the homemade, traditional “spoonful” preserves, and its aromatic herbs are the basic traditional and delicious products inviting you to taste them. It is on the wholesomeness and unrivalled flavor of those products that local cuisine relies to usher you into unforgettable gourmet experiences and mold the Laconian land’s social culture and local character.