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Product Description
The Papaioannou family produces this exquisite product of high nutritional and gourmet value: dried Corinthian currant straight from its own vineyards. The Corinthian stafidampelos yielding the currants is a self-sown Peloponnesian grapevine variety which has been around since antiquity. Its small, pearl-like grapes are of a dark, almost black, color and are deliciously sweet. The innovation introduced by the Papaioannou family is that the currants' drying stage is done all-naturally: The grape clusters are harvested one by one with extreme care and are placed on handcrafted sunshades called "iskiades". For the next 30-60 days they are left to dry, taking their own sweet time, sheltered from the sun's ultra-violet rays. They are then exposed to sunlight for 1 day. This all-natural process endows the currants produced with exceptional quality traits: a magnificent dark, almost black color, a flesh that remains unchanged, a full body, an incomparable fruity burst of taste, and a unique aroma. Corinthian currants are a rich source of anti-oxidants. They are known for their cancer-fighting and anti-microbial properties. Rich in minerals, the Corinthian currant is super-food indeed. Fold it in your yogurt or dot your ice cream scoop. Mix it with nuts or serve it as the center of attention in a cheese platter. Sweeten up and lend color to your green salads, or make it a staple ingredient of your cookies and cakes.
99.7% organic Corinthian currants, 0.3% organic sunflower oil
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Product History
Nuts and dried fruit are products of high nutritional value. Plain as a snack, in breakfast cereal or mixed in salads, they complement a daily diet of high nutritional value. Dried fruit and such as apricots, raisins, figs, prunes, peanuts, walnuts and almonds are rich in carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals and at the same time low in fat. They are ideal for those involved in sports. The most important thing is for them to be consumed raw i.e. without salt, and in reasonable quantities.
Meet the producer: Papaioannou Family
Papaioannou Family

For the Papaioannou family, winegrowing in Nemea, Corinthia, has alway been viewed in the light of tradition.

The Papaioannou Family’s organic vineyards is a successful family business anchored on Nemea’s unique soil and climate conditions and on the ever-increasing experience and knowledge of the family itself in viticulture practices. .As of 1876, Papaioannou generations have dedicatedly tended to the entire gamut of the grapevine culture through wine and Corinthian currants. It is no coincidence that one of the family's younger members, Giorgos, decided to turn to the organic cultivation, drying, and standardization of the world-acclaimed Corinthian currant variety. So that this historical, Greek product may be showcased optimally, the entire production from the family-owned, organically cultivated vineyards is dried unhurriedly the all-natural way.

The family’s vineyards are located in Xirokambos (alt: approx. 300m), area of Nemea, and are organically cultivated. Today, the successful Papaioannou Organic Vineyards focus on the production of the renowned Corinthian black currants which are in great demand both in Greece and abroad. The only condition that the family has set before proceeding to production is substantial qualitative differentiation so that the rarity of the family’s historical product may gain its rightful place and be accordingly highlighted.

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Visit the region: Nemea

Nemea is a small town in the Prefecture of Korinthia and the seat of the municipality of Nemea, Peloponnese. In the old days, the area was better known as Agios Georgios and in ancient times it was called Fliasion Field after the ancient city of Fliounta (Flius). The region has always been famous for its excellent wine. The town’s name, Nemea, first appeared in 1840, when the municipality of Nemea was established, and became permanent after WWII.The region of Nemea is characterized by its large number of vineyards and the production of wine. A small plain traversed by the river Asopos with low hills, where the grape variety of Agiorgitiko, which produces superb ruby red wines, is cultivated. "Nemea" is named after the Nymph bearing the same name, daughter of the river – Asopos. The region has been inhabited since prehistoric times and is considered to be, one of the most religious places in Greece; it has been a centre of religious and athletic events of the wider Greek territory since antiquity. The sanctuaries of Zeus, Ivis, Dimitra and Persephone, the ancient stadium with a capacity of 40.000 seats, the Mycenaean tombs are the most important sights of the region.

The first finds corroborating human habitation in the area date back to 1500 BC and were revealed on Tsoungiza Hill, in the Valley of Nemea. In the 10th century BC, the city of Fliounta was established 3km away from the present-day town of Nemea. Archaeologists believe that Fliounta is ancient Nemea which rose to prominence in the 6th century BC. As archaeological finds indicate, in 576 BC, there were a sanctuary dedicated to Zeus, a hostel, a complex of public baths, and a stadium where the Nemean Games (est. 573 BC ), alternating with the Isthmian Games, would take place every 2 years in honor of Opheltes and, later, of Zeus.

During Byzantine times, Nemea received numerous attacks by Slavs and Bulgarians but its inhabitants were successful in forestalling its attackers from proceeding any farther. In subsequent years, the town found itself first under Latin rule and then under Turkish rule. During the 1821 War of Independence, many were the inhabitants of Nemea who took part in it with Daniel Pamboukis as their leader. The area was liberated in 1822 when the last Turkish troops retreated from Nemea. On April 26, 1941, the area found itself under Italian Occupation. During the subsequent Nazi occupation, a number of groups of freedom fighters were formed to fight against the oppressors.

Today, the region of Nemea is the largest winegrowing terroir of Greece, with numerous vineyards whose winemakers produce the celebrated wines of Nemea. These wines’ good name and excellence are protected by an Appellation of Origin of Superior Quality (OPAP) Nemea label. The verdant vineyards in the area of Nemea area, a small, hilly valley traversed by Asopos River, continue to yield their grand red wines as they have done since ancient times.

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Organic Corinthian black currant from Nemea "Golden Black" 200g

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Product code: 000976 Gross Weight 220g
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Organically grown currants with a burst of flavour and all-naturally dried in the shade!
Meet the producer: Papaioannou Family
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