Pannagiotis family have been farming their extensive agricultural land, which surrounds the mythical village of ancient Sikyon, located 14 miles (22 km) southwest of Corinth, for three generations. Here, on these sun-drenched, fertile plains, Panagiotis, with his father, Anastasios, cultivate organically grown fruit and vegetables of the highest quality and nutritional value. Just as Mother Nature intended, without pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
In 2001 they extended the business by pre-packaging the juiciest apricots and peaches, the tangiest lemons, the tastiest mandarins, unique, flavorful quince, and quality olives, now sold, only when in season (a subject close to Panagiotis’ heart) in outlets all over Greece.
In 2012 Panagiotis, ever on the lookout for something new, took things a step further by using his traditional, organic produce to create delicious marmalades, jams, spreads, and juices, available in supermarkets and specialty gourmet shops, throughout Greece.
His specialty, petimezi, made from pomegranates, a sweetener, made in ancient times, before sugar was ever heard of, used today as syrup to accompany ice cream and yogurt, or as a dressing for salads, its uses are endless. Petimezi from pomegranates is also suitable for diabetics.
Panagiotis, who believes that fruits and vegetables should be used only when in season not grown unnaturally in a greenhouse, starts his pomegranate petimezi production at the beginning of autumn, when the rosy fruit is ripening on the tree, providing us with this wonderful nectar, absolutely full of vitamins, A, B, and C, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and iron. Pomegranates have been proven to contain more antioxidants than red wine or green tea.
While visiting Panagiotis, as well as sampling his juicy jams, marmalades and petimezi, he will show you the fruit growing on his trees, show and describe to you a typical Greek farmhouse, tell you about the poultry he raises and you will also be shown his pride and joy, home-grown fruit and vegetables, in his own organic garden. These include many ancient species, tomatoes, thousands of years old, grown from seeds from Peru and cucumbers, again, ancient species, from Asia.
Panagiotis, a nature lover whose goal, one day, is to be completely self-sufficient is passionate about recycling and has created some amazing sculptures and artefacts, from what we would class as rubbish, these decorate his house and garden and are a wonder to be seen, which you will, when on an excursion to meet Panagiotis at ancient Sikyon.