Olive oil is produced in nearly every region in the country, but it is the South of Spain that is virtually defined by olives. In fact, the region of Andalusia alone produces around 60% of Spain's total output. In this picturesque region of Southern Spain, olive trees span the landscape as far as the eye can see and is a truly remarkable, breathtaking sight.
Spain cultivates hundreds of different varieties of olives, but the major varieties include Picual, Hojiblanca, Arbequina and Cornicabra. Additionally, some producers have begun to focus on the smaller notable varieties indigenous to their area, such as the Royal olive, cultivated by Castillo de Canena in Northern Andalusia and the Genovesa and Royal Changlot varieites cultivated by Masia el Altet in Valencia.
Picual, by far the dominant olive oil varietal in Spain, when harvested at optimum ripeness, produces a robust fruity oil with strong notes of green grass and herbs and is very high in polyphenols at around 400-500mg/kg on average. It is ideal for frying and also elevates the flavors of soups, salads and grilled meats when used as a finishing oil.
The second most widely-produced varietal in Spain is Hojiblanca. A large olive suitable for table olives as well as oil, it produces a powerfully fragrant oil with a slight sweetness on the palate with a slight bitter-almond finish. It is also a great oil for frying, sauce making, dressing over pastas or enjoying pan-tumaca style drizzled over crusty white bread with fresh tomato and garlic.
Another type of Spanish olive dominating the olive oil scene is the sweeter Arbequina varietal. Originally from Catalonia, it yields a delicate and fruity oil with flavors of green apple, tropical fruit and sweet almond. As the oil is considered too delicate for frying, it is highly recommended for use with foods such as fish, salads, vegetables and mayonnaise.
In our online store, you can browse our extensive selection and buy some of the best extra virgin olive oils from Spain, including award-winning and up-and-coming brands such as Castillo de Canena, Oro Bailen, Oro del Desirto, Masia el Altet and more.
Every single olive oil listed on our store has been carefully selected for its outstanding flavors and aromas. You can rest assured all of our olive oils are high-quality extra virgin since we taste and analyze every single shipment before we make products available for sale.
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Andalusian province of Jaén to learn all about the extra virgin olive oils produced in the region. It was an intense two days of Spanish olive oil 101, but we loved every minute of it!
The best time to collect the olives is as soon as they start to change color, which is at the beginning of fall (October/November here in Spain). Yet some producers wait longer, erroneously thinking that the olives will continue to grow and plump up, therefore producing more oil.
To remove the olives from the trees there are various systems. The best are machines that shake the trees quite violently, making the olives fall off onto nets that workers quickly gather up and load onto trucks.
Depending on the quality of the olives, how they were pressed (and how many times), oils can change drastically from robust and excellent to chemical and inedible. The European Union strictly regulates how oils can be classified.
This is the second most widely grown olive in Spain, coming from the Toledo region just south of Madrid. Cornicabra olives are difficult to pick mechanically and thus often appear in only the most expensive oils.
Hojiblanca gets its name from the leaves (hojas) on this type of olive tree, which are white (blanca) on the underside. These trees grow almost exclusively in the southern province of Andalusia, where their fruit makes up about 16 percent of all the oil produced there.
Lechín olives come in two sub-varieties, both of which hail from Andalusia: lechín de Granada and lechín de Sevilla. These olives have a delicate fruity taste to start, with a whisper of spiciness that sneaks up on you near the end.
Unlike most other types, lechín is often blended with other varieties of olives when it becomes olive oil due to its low stability. However, you can still find single-variety lechín oils if you look hard enough!
Cakes, cold soups, and sauces all rely heavily on olive oil in Spain. And good quality olive oil is also what gives our fried foods their special touch! Here are some of my favorite recipes that heavily feature Spanish olive oil.
A few of my personal favorite Spanish olive oils are Castillo de Canena, Oro Bailén, Venta del Barón, and Oro del Desierto. If you live in the US, you can find an excellent selection of extra virgin olive oils online at La Tienda.
Another standout brand is PRMRY, a project started by a friend of mine (and Spanish olive oil expert). They use Spanish olive varieties grown in California. Their unique Spanish-American olive oils are another excellent option for something stateside!
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It is not for nothing that olive oil is also referred to as liquid gold, because it is more valuable for body and soul than almost any other food. The positive effects of high-quality olive oil on human health have already been proven in numerous studies. A prerequisite for a healthy olive oil, however, is that it is a cold-pressed oil of the highest quality. Here at spanish-oil.com you can expect only unique, Spanish extra virgin olive oils that meet the highest standards.
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So that you can find the right olive oil for every occasion, we have clearly divided our extensive range for you. If you are looking for a first-class, Spanish olive oil, with which you can do your health good every day and also put the icing on the cake of your lovingly served dishes, you will definitely find what you are looking for in our selection of olive oils in canisters. Heavy consumers should definitely orientate themselves on this economic category. Because the valuable oil can be stored well in the practical metal canister.
If you are looking for a top-quality oil with which you can refine special delicacies, we recommend our compilation of excellent Spanish olive oils in glass bottles. The valuable oil in the glass bottle offers the advantage that it can be poured out easily and dosed easily. And because all our olive oil farmers deliver their high-quality olive oil, which is produced with a lot of passion, in an equally lovingly designed case, you can only expect appealing, attractive bottles. You can save yourself the pouring and put the high-quality olive oil directly on the table.
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Unfortunately, healthy foods are often not among the tastiest, and vice versa, it's the unhealthy foods that melt in our mouths. However, there are exceptions that prove the rule. With the exquisite olive oils from spanish-oil.com you can look forward to the opposite. Because we make sure that all our high-quality, Spanish olive oils are pressed according to the highest quality standards. Therefore, you will only find oils with many valuable ingredients here. At the same time, we attach great importance to an excellent taste experience when making our selection. And because taste is known to be a matter of taste, we have divided our unique olive oil selection according to the degree of fruitiness.
Under the heading \"\"intensively fruity\"\" you will find top oils that are particularly popular with olive oil connoisseurs. Because these oils come up with the typical, slightly bitter and tart aromas that the expert expects from a first-class, green olive oil. Slightly bitter on the tongue, spicy on the throat and a scratchy finish are the specific characteristics of our intensively fruity, Spanish extra virgin olive oils.
In the category \"\"medium fruity\"\" we at spanish-oil.com have summarized Spanish olive oils that are neither extremely tart, nor mild or sweet. These are top oils that can also have a slight bitterness and a faint scratchy throat. Our medium-fruity olive oils will definitely delight you with their aromatic and fresh taste.
If you would like to get a feel for the consumption of olive oil first, we recommend our high-quality, Spanish olive oils from the \"\"mild fruity\"\" category as a start. You will hardly find any bitterness in these top oils, which are also carefully selected. On the contrary, you will often even taste a slight sweetness. Of course, the mild premium oils are not only intended for beginners. Because ou