Meet the Producer Mani Organics

Author: kim

This February, Real Foods is happy to introduce a new addition to our range of olives. Providing a tasty range of raw, fermented, single origin and organic olives and meze. MANI takes their name from the Mani Peninsula in Greece where their business is based.

To see the full range of Mani Organic products available to buy from Real Foods, click here.

MANI history

Appreciation for man and nature has always been the basis of all economic activity for the Bläuel family. Fritz and Burgi Bläuel came to the Mani in the late 1970s in search of an alternative way of life. They soon started building up an organic agriculture project together with the local olive farmers and oil-millers. With entrepreneurial vision, respect for people and for the cultural landscape of the Mani together with much effort and enthusiasm, they managed to unite the farmers. Through effectively communicating to the farmers the benefits of organic agriculture and the associated market opportunities they gradually gained their cooperation and support.

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The fruit of this cooperation was Greece’s first Organic certified olive oil, which is today exported worldwide. In 2009, Fritz and Burgi’s son Felix joined the company management and contributes to setting new goals for the future. Goals such as the recently obtained Naturland Fair certification, which makes the long-term environmental and social commitment of the company transparent and measurable. Ethical business in harmony with man and nature has been the hallmark of the Bläuel family business for over 30 years.

The fruits of their labour are not in the form of award-winning MANI organic extra virgin olive oils, organic olives and organic mezes but also in the preservation of Mani’s cultural landscape as the centre of traditional, organic olive cultivation in Greece.

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MANI brand values

The MANI brand is passionately organic and ethically motivated. An appreciation for people and nature has inspired the family business since 1979. Pioneers of organic olive production in Greece and renowned for their award-winning, single varietal, cold extracted extra virgin organic olive oil; MANI delivers products which are authentic, raw, vegan and full of flavour. Their local variety olives are handpicked, naturally cured for 6 months and vacuum packed in a jar without the brine or oil, so they are ready to eat with maximum flavour and minimum fuss. MANI also present a range of classic Greek mezes all made to traditional recipes, using MANI extra virgin olive oil and mixed with local herbs which are wonderfully aromatic and typical of the Peloponnese region. These appetisers are typically enjoyed with bread, cheese and a glass of wine but they are also perfect to add to sauces and marinades bringing a Mediterranean flair to any dish. MANI Greek specialities are a great addition to every gourmet kitchen and have every occasion covered! 

Olive Oil

Mani-Organics-Real-Foods MANI single variety extra virgin olive oil is made solely from organic Koroneiki olives from the Peloponnese. The olive trees are traditionally managed and the olives harvested by hand. Cold extracted in local mills, this balanced oil is light green in colour with a fresh, fruity, mildly nutty aroma and distinctive peppery finish. A perfect accompaniment to fish, salad and roasted vegetables.

 

Kalamata olives al naturale

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Under the Greek sun, MANI organic Kalamata olives develop their characteristic mild-fruity flavour. The olive trees are traditionally managed and the olives are harvested by hand. They are then naturally cured for six months, seasoned with MANI extra virgin olive oil, salt and aromatic oregano then vacuum packed in the jar.

 

Kalamata olives in extra virgin olive oil

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Under the Greek sun, MANI organic Kalamata olives develop their characteristic mild-fruity flavour. The farmers cultivate their olive trees traditionally and harvest by hand. The olives are naturally cured for 6 months and preserved in MANI extra virgin olive oil


Green Olives: al Naturale

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These organic Greek Konservoeliá olives have a firm, crisp texture and exude a wonderful spicy flavour. Harvested by hand, these green table olives are naturally cured for 6 months and seasoned with MANI extra virgin olive oil, salt and aromatic oregano then vacuum packed in the jar.

Green & Kalamata olives: al naturale, pitted

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The best of both varieties - a mix of pitted fruity Kalamata and spicy green Konservoeliá olives. After hand harvesting, the olives are naturally cured for 6 months and seasoned with MANI extra virgin olive oil, salt and aromatic oregano then vacuum packed in the jar.

Meze

Sun-dried Tomato Paste

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This exquisite, mildly spicy paste is made from Greek traditionally sun-dried tomatoes, fruity extra virgin olive oil, seasoned with a little basil and a drop of Kalamata balsamic vinegar. This aromatic spread is perfect as an appetiser on crackers or toast, pairs fabulously with feta cheese or to bring an extra flavour dimension to sauces and dips.


Kalamata olive paste

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A mild fruity flavoursome paste made from fine Kalamata olives. Only organic olives, selected herbs and Mani organic extra virgin olive oil are used in this traditional recipe. The famous Kalamata Olive is characterized by its mild, juicy flavour it is therefore not surprising that Kalamata olive paste, a typical Greek appetiser, is also characteristically aromatic and full of flavour.

Capers in olive oil

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Delicious, fruity organic capers preserved in the finest Mani organic extra virgin olive oil. Ideal as an appetiser, a pizza topping or to add flavour to sauces. The extra virgin olive oil in which the capers are the preserved can be used separately to add a spicy touch to sauces, salads and most Mediterranean dishes.

The Kalamata olive is a large black or brown olive with a smooth, meaty texture named after the city of Kalamata in the southern Peloponnese, Greece. Kalamata olives are also known as Kalamon (the variety name) in Greece and Mani have used this name for some time. Kalamata is a more recognised name and the packing is currently being updated to reflect this. They are the same olive and have the same deliciously rich taste. 

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