Our product is a historic fig variety that naturally grows in the Attica peninsula and is called Vasilika, the Greek word for ‘Royal’.
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.
(In Sykeones Papasotiriou, we have developed and applied a Food Safety Management System that meets the requirements of ELOT EN ISO 22000: 2005 regarding the production, packaging and trade of our jam.)
Royal Black Markopoulo Figs
Famous since antiquity, the figs of Attica, known today as the royal black figs of Markopoulo Mesogaias (P.G.I. product), stand out for their excellent quality and sweet taste. It is the fig variety that grows naturally in the Attica peninsula. One may come across it in house courtyards, parks and pavements within the city of Athens.
Today, organised farming of royal Attica figs is carried out exclusively in the province of Markopoulo Mesogaias.
Our royal figs come with plenty of beneficial properties, due to vitamins, fiber content and antioxidant action. A modest fig has about 35 calories and contains among others, potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. Its consumption contributes to the treatment of constipation, the smooth absorption of sugars, the control of weight and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Figs tone people up physically and spiritually and are considered to be a natural aphrodisiac.
(Figs produced in Sykeones Papasotiriou have been certified as a P.G.I. product by the Ministry of Rural Development & Food of the Hellenic Republic. The production and packaging of our figs is compliant in accordance with the standard GLOBALG.A.P. CPCC I.F.A. Version 5.0 2005.)
Sykeones Papasotiriou consist of four fig orchards of a total area of 45 acres, located within the province of Markopoulo Mesogaias.
In Drivlia – Porto Rafti, lays our oldest fig orchard of about 12 acres, situated 500 meters from the coastline. There we find trees of various ages, the majority of which were planted in the 1950s, whilst some are younger and a few older.
The other three orchards are located by foot of mount Merenda, at the locations Malexi, Kadi and Agios Athanasios. These were planted after the year 2000 and are in their early stages of production.
Our fig orchards are continuously renewed so that the trees are kept healthy and productive. Preparation work during the year includes winter pruning, spring thinning out, watering and controlled fig wasp pollinating- requires experience and is done with personal care from our family members.
We farm our land mechanically, using field cultivators and plows, rotary tillers and mowers. During the harvest season we employ workers with up to 20 years of experience in our fig orchards.
Efficient production of our fig orchards is based on the effectiveness of all work mentioned above. We produce our figs without the use of pesticides or other harmful chemical compounds.
Selection and packaging of our figs is carried out manually by experienced personnel in our facilities in Markopoulo Mesogaias.
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.
In Papasotiriou family orchards we farm the local fig variety, a P.G.I. product that goes by the name “Royal Black Vravrona Markopoulo Figs”. These figs are none other than the figs of Attica, renowned since the classical Greek period for their excellent taste and sweet flavour.
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.
Join us for this year’s FOOD EXPO exhibition at METROPOLITAN EXPO in Athens, between 10 – 12 of March.
You will find us in Hall 1, stand D52/E47.
We would like to thank Mr. Nikolakopoulos and the municipality of Markopoulo Mesogaias.