Aegean Fine Food Producer, Odysea’s range of molasses make the perfect kitchen collective to put a Middle-Eastern or Mediterranean twist on your classic dishes
The grape, date, pomegranate and new carob molasses, available from Sainsbury’s, Wholefoods and online, are all made with 100% pure fruit and nothing else.
Newest to the collection is Odysea’s Carob Molasses, rich, treacly molasses with dark, chocolatey undertones. Dating back to ancient times, Carob Molasses is a great substitute for cocoa and chocolate, as well as a sweet alternative to muscovado and dark brown sugar. Made from 100% concentrated carob juice, the molasses is made by pulping carob pods and extracting the juice, before reducing the liquid, turning it to a thick, treacly syrup.
Odysea’s Date Molasses is made using semi-soft dates. Only the highest quality dates are used, lending a full, treacly flavour with a honeyed sweetness. Date Molasses adds a depth of flavour and complexity to savoury dishes, perfect glazed over BBQ meats, used to dress roasted vegetables or baked into indulgent puddings.
An ancient sweetener called “Petimezi” in Greek, Odysea’s Organic Grape Molasses is an intense, sweetly aromatic syrup. Made from cold-extracted grapes grown in the Messinia region of Greece, this versatile product has notes of quince, wine and dried fruits with a gentle viscosity. Suitable for both sweet and savoury dishes and drinks, it’ll fast become a household favourite.
Odysea’s Pomegranate Molasses is made from a select pomegranate variety known for yielding large, dark burgundy fruit, harvested from late August. It’s completely natural and made by reducing 100% pomegranate juice without the addition of sugars or preservatives. A bright, zippy tartness gives way to a sharp fruity kick, the deep ruby-coloured syrup gives a vibrant twist to a classic cocktail or marinade.
Odysea products are available in Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Whole Foods, Abel & Cole, Booths and in Independent stores throughout the UK and online at odysea.com
- Odysea Carob Molasses, RRP £3.19 Whole Foods Market
- Odysea Organic Grape Molasses, RRP £6.99 Whole Foods Market
- Odysea Pomegranate Molasses, RRP £3.00 Sainsbury’s, also available at Whole Foods Market
- Odysea Date Molasses, RRP £2.70 Sainsbury’s, also available at Whole Foods Market
Odysea has nurtured relationships with Greek artisan producers since 1991 when brand founder Panos Manuelides first brought authentic Greek olives to the UK – selling them from a stall in London’s Portobello Road. Now, 25-years later, Odysea has cemented its reputation amongst retailers, wholesalers, foodservice operators and consumers for its expertise in, and understanding of, Greek food. Specialists in supplying authentic Greek and Mediterranean food to the UK market, Odysea has scoured Greece for the finest producers and proudly offers hand-selected, traditionally-cured olives, premium extra virgin olive oils, feta and traditional cheeses, meze, honey and specialty products.
Odysea offers 22 PDO products, as well as organic, vegetarian and vegan Great Taste Award-winning foods.