Kalamata, Home to the Kalamon Tree
The second largest city of the Peloponnese in Southern Greece is Kalamata, home of the succulent Kalamata olive. It lies along the banks of the Nedon River at the head of the Messenian Gulf, and is the capital and chief port of the Messenia prefecture. Olives and olive oil are the primary agricultural products exported from Kalamata. The city is located near the ancient city of Pharai, mentioned by Homer, and is about 238 km southwest of Athens. Kalamata is also renowned as the land of the Kalamatianos dance with the silk kerchief, honey-eyed figs, and the honey-covered sesame sweet called pasteli, one of the many Greek products we carry. The Taygetos mountain range is located about 4 km east of Kalamata, where our wild oregano and mountain tea flourishes. Olives grown in the climate and topography of Kalamata and its surrounding area, including the Lakonía region, attain a flavor and richness which cannot be duplicated.