OUR PRODUCT IS A HISTORIC FIG VARIETY
THAT NATURALLY GROWS IN THE ATTICA
PENINSULA AND IS CALLED VASILIKA,
THE GREEK WORD FOR ‘ROYAL’.
THIS IS OUR
Tied to the fertile land of Mesogaia Attica, brothers Sotiris and Pericles Papasotiriou took over the care of a small fig orchard in the seaside town of Porto Rafti in the mid 1950’s.
Τwo generations later, grateful to our ancestors for imparting their experience and love for this land to us, we continue passionately our family tradition.
Our fig orchard in Porto Rafti expanded with the contribution of the younger, Christos Papasotiriou, who applied strictly mechanical methods of cultivation, improved product packaging and contributed to the elevation of royal Markopoulo figs in the Greek market.
Today, Sykeones Papasotiriou consist of 600 trees of various ages, located in 45 acres of private land that are farmed with personal care by our family members.
In order to proceed with the production of processed fig products, we have set up our facilities in Markopoulo Mesogaias, where we select and package fresh figs, and produce our fig extra jam.
Royal Markopoulo Figs Extra Jam
Based on our home kitchen recipe, using selected peeled figs from our farms, we have produced the first jam in the market that is exclusively from this specialty fig variety.
The jam is cooked naturally in our organised facilities with no preservatives or other additives. All preparation work is done by hand. We select the figs, peel them off, cut them into pieces and thoroughly preview their quality.
Made from 72% fruit, sugar and lemon juice, this fig jam comes with unique taste, colour and texture.
The exceptional taste of royal Markopoulo figs makes our jam ideal for any brunch, suitable for confectionery and a perfect match for plenty of flavors, such as cheese/ cold meat platters, green salads, roasts, and red wine. Indulge yourself guilt free, as 1 teaspoon contains 36 calories, and enjoy the multiple health benefits figs provide.
An essential ingredient of the diet of ancient Athenians, figs of Attica were consumed fresh and dried. They are referred to in numerous ancient historical texts describing everyday life, customs, traditions and religious ceremonies.
According to Herodotus, Xerxes the King of Persia began his expedition to Greece in order to conquer the fig orchards of Attica and consume its figs fresh.
Zinodoros and Plutarch inform us that a resolution of the city-state of Athens prohibited the export of figs. A special group of inspectors, the sycophants, were responsible for denouncing those who illegally disposed them outside Attica, or those who stole the figs of others. As these complaints were often mischievous and accusations proved false, the word “sycophant” took the meaning it has today in Greek.