All the magic of the Mediterranean, the Romans’ Mare Nostrum, is hiding in these five words. In this southernmost tip of Europe, where ancient gods were born, the sea washes lacy coasts while wild mountains throw their shadow across fertile fields. It is a blessed land with hospitable people that accompany their joys and sorrows with colorful tables rich in fresh vegetables.
The Mediterranean is one of the warmest areas in the Old Continent. The daily sunshine and a minimum temperature of 10o C in the winter, make an ideal climate for producing vegetables that grow in the most natural way and in optimal conditions.
Thanks to this favorable climate, the fertile soil, the growers’ knowledge and a long tradition, thousands of acres in the Mediterranean are cultivated with vegetables of unrivalled quality and taste.
Both practices of planting planning and hybrids selection have as main objective to cover the needs of different associates by providing recognizable quality vegetables.
The application of the suitable agricultural methods, the use of beneficial insects such as bumblebees for fertilization, the proper use of pesticides and fertilizers controlled daily by qualified agronomists, the rational use of water, the frequent analysis in accredited laboratories as well as the fulfillment of traceability requirements through all production stages (from field to the final packaging of each separate batch) result to optimized quality and an efficient variety and quantity planning of produced products the whole year.
Fresh vegetables are a key component of the Mediterranean diet which has been scientifically proven to contribute to a better quality of life.
Fresh vegetables contain a significant amount of water, minimum fat, are free of cholesterol and low in calories. Still they are rich in vitamins and minerals that help maintain a healthy, balanced body weight and good vitality.
In southern Europe tomatoes are cultivated throughout the year, giving a product of high quality and nutritional value. Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, folic acid and lycopene and one of the most popular vegetables as proved by high consumption figures worldwide.
It is highly nutritious and a great ally to skin beauty. Rich in dietary fibers cucumber also contains vitamins B and C, iron, magnesium and essential trace elements. It grows mostly in areas with high temperatures and humidity.
Cultivated in the Mediterranean region are both long and short cucumber varieties known as Knossos cucumbers. Cucumbers can be consumed raw in salads or in food. They can be also used as an ingredient for homemade cosmetics.
Its fruits have a vivid color and are rich in vitamins A and C as well as carotenoids.
Mediterranean peppers are of excellent quality and types that can be found are the green “horn”, “Florina” peppers (charleston type), the dolma and the flask type peppers.
It is a fresh vegetable with particular taste, that is rich in sodium, vitamin A and flavonoids which have strong antioxidant activities and needs warm climates in order to grow.
Most known varieties of European eggplants are:
The European vegetables of the Mediterranean stand out for their exceptional quality that includes:
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The European Mediterranean vegetables, meet all the requirements that are laid down in the European legislation which has the strictest provisions worldwide. Furthermore, they are certified by independent bodies according to the AGRO 2.1 & 2.2 national standards and the GLOBALGAP, ISO 22000, BRC and IFS international protocols, which are applied during all stages, from production to standardization and handling, resulting thus to a universal quality system from the field to the final consumer.
The product reception, processing, packaging and storage spaces are housed in new, modern premises. Refrigerators with varying cooling levels, modern automated classification lines, automated Flow pack and stretch film machines can guarantee that the vegetables are appropriately preserved from the moment they leave the greenhouse until they are packed.
State-of-the-art sorting machines allow the products to be separated according their weight, color and volume in order to achieve uniformity in the final product. As far as certain products are concerned, as for example cluster tomatoes and when necessary, the sorting and packaging is performed by qualified staff under constant supervision of a quality control manager.
According its quality the final product is separated in categories such as extra, category I and category II.
In order to meet customer requirements all kinds of standardization and packaging are available: eco-friendly cardboard boxes, single use plastic crates, folding crates etc.
Due to long standing experience, care and a high sense of responsibility, the production, selection, packaging and transportation of vegetables is practiced in accordance with the highest standards of quality and safety.
The boxes are stored in pallets and bear appropriate labeling in line with European standards. Transportation takes place in collaboration with reliable logistics companies, in proper conditions taking into account each client’s particular needs.
The European vegetables of the Mediterranean are ready to travel with safety to the largest wholesalers of the central fruit and vegetable markets of European and third countries as well as large super market chains that wish to provide their customers with fresh vegetable products that have a name of origin, high nutritional value and unique quality.
This website is created within the framework of the “Information provision and promotion measures on fresh vegetables in Germany, Greece, Poland and the Czech Republic” program with regard to Regulation (EU) No 1144/2014 of the European Parliament, by the Association of Legal Persons consisting of A.S Anatoli, A.S Timpaki, A.S. Notos, A.S Kountoura, O.P Faslassarna- St. Kompogennitakis & Co Ltd, A.S Psaris and A.S. Kamiros.
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