Golden Tree is owned by Aikaterini Eleni Zotou, an organic olive farmer who produces flavorful, healthy extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and other olive products in Kalyves, Chalkidiki in northern Greece. To help her spread the health benefits of the Greek diet as widely as possible, Zotou takes advantage of new technologies and modern methods. Her focus on producing high quality products has led to numerous prizes in international competitions.
Many of these awards have recognized the nutritious value of Golden Tree products, and tests have revealed that Zotou’s Wild Athos EVOO contains over four times the amount of polyphenols required for the EU health claim for olive oil. Scientific studies suggest that such high phenolic content indicates potential anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardioprotective, and neuroprotective benefits.
Zotou donates Golden Tree products to several studies and programs: Harvard University’s Feeding America’s Bravest study of the Mediterranean diet for firefighters; the Interreg Mediterranean Aristoil project focused on olive oil’s healthiness; clinical tests using olive tree leaves to fight Alzheimer’s at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece; and studies of the advantages of olive oil polyphenols at the World Olive Center for Health in Athens and the UC Davis Olive Center in California.