Reviewing this Estate Koroneiki Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a pleasure! Brothers Dino and Diamantis are the force behind the Lakoniko brand and products. I met them back in 2018 at the New York International Olive Oil Competition and have loved their products ever since. Focused on family, a passion for tradition and an incredible commitment to quality, their flagship Koroneiki is far from an exception to this. It is a beautiful example of this classic Greek varietal.
The oil is produced from 5,000 organically grown trees on their 4th generation family olive grove. It’s located in Laconia, nestled in the southern Peloponnese of Greece. Here is the best foundation for quality; the marriage of love, care and the ideal location. In the ideal Mediterranean climate, the trees soak up the hot summer sun and salty sea breezes, producing plump olives filled with incredibly high Omega 9 content. After hand-picking, the olives undergo a fully mechanical extraction less than 4 hours from picking, producing an incredibly stable oil. The antioxidant content of this Koroneiki is 580mg/l!
My favourite use for this Koroneiki is roasted vegetables, because of the high stability, it’s perfect for cooking with. The tasting notes pair perfectly with sweet potato, yam, squash, carrots, and beets. Use in roasted vegetable salads, with winter greens or spinach, pepitas and a tahini dressing. The oils’ versatility is the perfect addition to any vegetable side dish, creamy rich dressing or sauce. It also livens up the flavour of any salad dressing. Here are some delicious recipes to use with this oil.