KALAMATA RED

Genetics: Greek Kalamata Red landrace  drug cultivar
Sourcing: Delicorganic’s Greek landrace collection
Purpose: Bud
Latitude: 37° N
Elevation: 600-800m
Grow type: Outdoor, Greenhouse, indoors
Regional Harvest: End of October – Early November
Height: 3,5 – 5 meters in optimal conditions in natural outdoor environment
Outdoor Yield: 600-750g of dried flowers per plant in natural outdoor environment
Flowering: 11 to 13 weeks. Starting flowering  early August in Greece
Yield: Medium yielder, moderate-high levels of THC 13-17%
Aroma: penetrating hashy, woody, floral, sweet lemon/lime, thyme, rose, jasmine, pineapple
High: highly euphoric and motivating, enhance creativity, some trippy and laugh attacking high.
Flower Characteristics: Several phentotypes showing green/gold  flowers, some phenos show
deep red hue on the flowers.

Kalamata red  is more close to NLD cannabis varieties. You will find phenotypes with similar plant Structure (sativa dominancy), stable abundance of trichomes and penetrating  hashy  terpenes. They are plants with long internodal spacing which  in optimal condition  can reach up to 5 – 6 meters in height.

They show very high resistance to insects, mold and very hot  climate and  they don’t require heavy nutrients. It’s enough a  rich organic soil for them to thrive. Kalamata red is an undomesticated sativa looking plant with old school hash plant characteristics, earthy terpenes, loads of trichomes and a gorgeous, motivating,energetic high.

As with most landraces and heirloom strains expect a small percentage(below 5%) of plants that express intersex traits. The main aroma is an undefined, powerful and penetrating earthy and hashy smell and taste of lemon with woody undertones, all in harmony with each other.

The best part is that the flavor lingers in your mouth and all the way down your throat , making the taste in your mouth more important than anything else.  In terms of the high the dominant characteristics are creativity, euphoria and energy for the first two joints, and while up to that point it seems like a clear daytime sativa, for biking and drawing.

At the third and fourth joint you realize that apart from that first “blast” your head gets from the first “dimension” of the high to a whole new “dimension” that comes on softly but steadily, joint after joint. Your body becomes lighter and you get in a laid back mood for improvised fictional stories and music creations.

The first generation seeds  of Kalamata red  were handpicked  by our oldest member bio-grower and breeder  “delicorganic” 15  years ago from a family  that was living close to  an isolated  village, named Alagonia at Messinia, on 800 meters above sea leve. That family was growing and preserving this genetics for up to 25 years. Many members  of this family  have passed years in prison and now this village is almost abandoned.

History:

Kalamata Red was very popular in Greece within the circles of underground artists and people from the 70’s and  early 80’s. By 2002, it was widely known throughout Greece and in some coffee shops in Amsterdam as the best quality Greek strain.

Severe government laws between 1995-2000 resulted in many  families and Kalamata growers being sent to prison and this led to this strain being almost lost.

Up to 2004, the police was usig helicopters to detect  cannabis fields  and many locals were arrested and suffered harsh punishments. Most of these cannabis  fields were on mountainous villages (Taygetos mountain) up to 500 metres above sea leve and just a few of them closer to the sea.

These old school genetics, growing and flowering during scorching hot days especialy during the  summer months and cold nights in October and  locally rich  organic  soil make the perfect recipe for the unforgettable high quality herb of Kalamata, very soon this plant  became famous everywhere around  the country.

Farmers were growing the herb for top quality flowers and until around 2000 most of them were exported under different names to Dutch coffee shops and the black market.  They were using only organic methods and were cultivating hundreds of plants for decades.

Unfortunately and sadly  Kalamata growers in the the last two decades have moved “forward” to more fast flowering and high yielding strains (most of them coming from Holland), so nowaday  is extremely difficult to find uncontaminated greek  seeds.

The search for its history and genetic roots although complex is a fascinating work. On the phylos galaxy genotype analysis database, there is no other strain appearing as an immediate relative with Greek Kalamata Red.   https://phylos.bio/sims/variety/PGT-206953/delicorganic/greece-kalamata-red

Don’t forget that in the 1900 – 1910s the South of  Greece and more specifically the Peloponnese region (37° N latitude) was a major hash producer of a worldwide high-quality product.

Thinking of the possible ancestors of Kalamata Red strain, based on historical facts, the results of the phylos galaxy genotype report and the strain features, lead us to suspect that these genes could be a mixture of African or East Asian landrace sativas and neighbouring or local landrace hash plants that were similar  to the middle eastern landraces. Other possible ancestors of Kalamata red strain could be Lebanese hash plants, which may be associated with most Greek and Turkish plants.

Lebanon and Egypt seem to have the oldest hash history in the eastern  Mediterranean region.
Some saved  old-valid writings of  local farmers were talking about neighbouring eastern immigrants mainly from Egypt who teached them how to grow cannabis for hash production around 1870-1880.”Kannavi” was the name of a known hash plant strain that farmers were growing extensively in northern Peloponnese, Argos and Tripoli (37° Ν latitude) until 1930.

Given the fact that the Hemp plants were also growing wild in a few Northern regions of the country and the Greek artisanship (kannavourgeia) was cultivating hemp for fiber from 1915 until 1957, these strains could also be part of the Greek  genetic profile.

After many years of hunting and forced to obscurity, we can finally now release these rare genetics thanks to our oldest member, bio-grower/breeder  named Delicorganic and his generous offer of Kalamata Red strain. Kalamata Red will remind the olders some almost lost cannabis features of anti-depressant, long-lasting, motivating highs and old school magic earthy terps.

2 thoughts on “KALAMATA RED”

    • Hello Giorgios, thank you very much. It’s a pleasure to have on board the great Kalamata Red, a strain that is/was on the verge of getting lost in time!
      Very happy with this new genetics! Available worldwide from the 1st of June 2020 or earlier! Thanks again for your kind words!

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