Islanders are similarly proud of their olives and olive oil. Skopelos olives are related to the Pelion olive, a fatter, juicier, relative of the famous Kalamata olive cultivar from the mainland, all of them sub-species of Olea Europaea, the olive first introduced into Greece from Syria ten thousand years ago.

 

They are equally proud of the fact that Skopelos olive oil is all virgin cold press, with no second pressing involved, so no blending takes place. There were about five or six traditional olive factories in Skopelos town of which the last was shut down twenty years ago. One could visit the last two olive factories still working one in Skopelos town and the other in Glossa.