The field

The people of Trikeri are different to the rest of the inhabitants of Mount Pelio. Their roots lie in the Mani and Crete, and later many of them came from Asia Minor. It is near these people that Aris Sarrigiannis found his joy. It is there, amid his grandfather’s fields, a little over 60 acres covered in 3,500 olive trees, that he discovered the magical power of nature; the raw materials for his cuisine; the inspiration to harvest the honey, to explore the bee hive and the miraculous way in which it works, to wrap himself in the salty sea air and bring forth extraordinary products: oil and honey, olives and pollen…

Aris’s field – a plot of land where nature chose to scatter rock rose plants (aládano or ladaniá), rocks and thyme – is covered in olive trees, both wild and tame. They are watered by whatever the sky brings, and are touched by no one, only the sheep and goats that naturally fertilize everything they step on and eat. After the harvest, when the trees are freed of their load, they are left to rest until they are filled with olives once again and the cycle of life begins once more.