Krak des Chevaliers
The Krak des Chevaliers sits on a commanding site in the Ansariya
Mountains of Syria. Its high battlements command a view of
the old Silk Road to the east and the Mediterranean to the
west, with the snow capped mountains of Lebanon to the south.
It overlooks a green, fertile and productive valley, dotted
with springs and cool, rippling streams.
Unfortunately, due to money laundering and anti-terrorist controls on bank transfers to Syria we are unable to offer this superb olive oil until further notice
The Krak des Chevaliers
The olives from this region are famous for their particular
quality. The smooth, buttery flavour of this oil reflects
the richness of the olives. This is where olive trees originated,
and still grow wild on the wooded mountainsides.
T.E.Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") famously described
the Krak des Chevaliers as "...perhaps the most wholly admirable
castle in the world." We hope that you will agree that his
description applies equally to its region's olive oil.
Rami Khoury, the producer of the olives in this oil, farms
his ancestral lands using traditional methods that produce
an olive oil that has been the pride of his family for generations.
Rami Khoury with Bedu shepherds on
his olive grove
Using an ox-drawn wooden plough to avoid
damage to the roots of the trees, he turns out weeds every
spring and adds compost made on his own farm, based on sheep
manure. Bedouin shepherds run their flocks across the land,
keeping weeds under control. At harvest time the olives
are picked and then crushed and cold-pressed the same day.
To ensure the maximum flavour and quality the oil is not
filtered, but stored until it settles and clears naturally.
The pride of Rami's olive grove is The Sheikh, at least
700 years old, very large tree of the Iruni variety (Rami
blends Iruni, Safrawi and wild olives to make his oil).
It can produce a tonne of olives each year and nearby stands
the Sheikha, almost as old, almost as productive.
Rami Khoury and El Sheikh - a 700 year old olive tree
The Soil Association has inspected and
certified Rami's farm since 1997. It is a inspiring example
of the marriage of modern organic techniques with ancient
Krak Des Chevaliers Organic Olive
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Just down the road from
the Krak des Chevaliers is the ancient monastery
of St. George (Mar Giorgios). Its surrounds
include some extraordinarily ancient olive trees,
with gaps between the renewed trunks that you could
drive a car through. They testify to the long tradition
of olive growing in this region.