Cultivation of the Kalamata olive variety, takes place in Istiaia a region in North Euboea
Kalamata variety olives are almond-shaped, plump, dark purple olives from a tree distinguished from the common olive by the size of its leaves, which grow to twice the size of other olive varieties. Are hand picked to avoid bruising.They are considered a very special product.
Kalamata olives are produced using traditional lactic acid fermentation, and no colouring is added during the process. This is one of the main reasons why the Greek-produced olives have been distinguishable from Spanish olives by their substantially lighter and more varied colour. On the contrary, Spanish olives have a uniform black colour because of the artificial colouring used.