Varieties of olives in Italy
May02

Varieties of olives in Italy

Following Spain, Italy is the second largest olive oil producing country with 15% of world production. Thanks to the purchase of olive oils of Spanish origin, Italy is the first exporting country of olive oil packed. The most important olive oil producing regions are Apulia and Calabria, followed by Sicily, Tuscany and finally, Lazio.   The varieties produced are: Moraiolo: with medium-strong aroma and intensity and flavor of fresh herbs, artichoke and slightly fruity. Nocellara of Belize: greenish color and touch to green hazelnuts, fruity taste to kiwi, bitter and spicy. Ogliarola Barese: with a medium fruity, slightly bitter and a little spicy. Biancolilla: light color, aroma of leaves, almonds and green apple. Bitter and spicy notes. Leccino: green color with gold. Of intense aroma and fruity, tasty, bitter, and notes of vegetables. Frantoio: golden color with greenish tones. Fruity with notes of grass and flowers. The taste is harmoniously spicy and bitter, with notes of artichoke. Taggiasca: pale yellow color, slightly fruity flavor. Cucco. Coratina: Intense gold with green hues. Bitter and spicy. Aroma of spices, touch of artichoke, grass reminiscent of rosemary and mint. Rosciola: Soft aromas and delicate flavors. Pendolino: Fruity...

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Olive oil in Arab culture : origins and recipes
Aug08

Olive oil in Arab culture : origins and recipes

The origin : The origin of olive oil is hard to explain because it’s very antique. Indeed, the olive oil has more than 4000 years, and we may find works explaining more about the olive oil more than 6000 years ago. The civilisations which bordered the Mediterranean had known the olive oil’s origin, so its climate is suitable for the cultivation of olive tree. Olive oil is strongly developed in the Arab countries, which origine was therefore the demand of olive oil. The fact that the Arab countries could produce olive oil, allowed them to develop their internationa trade. The origin of olive oil in the Arab counties is due to the fact of its productiong, which is highly developed and each time more and more countries want olive oil products. The recipes : A lot of recipes are based on olive oil, which have emerged in Arab countries. One of the main recipes is the traditional Arabic bread, made with olive oil and it is very weel-known in the Arab countries and culture. Another recipe as known is the Moussaka, made with olive oil. A lot of recipes typical are made with olive oil, each time...

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Venta del Barón, among the best olive oils
Sep06

Venta del Barón, among the best olive oils

Venta del Barón, an extraordinay Extra Virgin olive oil from Spain, remarkable for its intense fruity green olive with herbaceous notes, peppermint, almond shells, banana and apple. With a keepsake of vegetables such as tomatoes and artichoke. The entrance is sweet, with a bitter and spicy in light progression. The aftertaste is nutty. Very complex, balanced and harmonious in all its attributes olfactory, gustatory.An olive oil that give a special touch to any dish that requires a touch of olive oil. This olive oil comes from the Sierra de Priego, where seasonal pick them ahead of their fall. Hojiblanca variety and Picuda are transported in special boxes so that the weight of the olives not damage the fruit. Designation of Origin Priego de Cordoba, has an area of 30,000 hectares growing only very old olive trees, built partly in the Natural Park Subbetica. These features give the olive oils its own unique microclimate of the area, resulting in the production of high quality oils, with a exclusive character, worthy of international recognition as in the case of Venta del...

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The olive tree: a tree with strong symbolism
Nov26

The olive tree: a tree with strong symbolism

In the Bible The olive tree is often quoted in the Bible. This tree is thus crowned. The most known story is the one where the dove of Noé brings with her an olive branch in its beak, meaning the end of the disaster. What had deserves it to be a peace symbol. Besides, it was even to use during ceremonies of Christian Churches, such as certain baptisms. So, in the Christian religion, it symbolizes the peace, the blessing, the forgiveness and the reconciliation. In the Koran The olive tree is a rented tree, with the fig tree, it has one symbolic fort. Its oil plays moreover an important role, according to the papers “ the lamp is in one (bowl of) crystal and this one looks like a celestial body of big brightness; its fuel comes from a blessed tree: an olive tree neither oriental nor western the oil of which seems to light without that the fire(light) affects it. Light on light. “. The oil of this blessed tree would thus be a light source guiding the men. A universal presence through the ONU The olive tree symbolizes the world peace through the representing flag, on a bottom of the blue color, one olive tree branches surrounding the...

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The market of olive oil in Spain
Sep23

The market of olive oil in Spain

Olive oil is a product very important in the European gastronomy, indeed we can see it’s the basis of many recipes in a lot of gastronomy, and not only in Spain, where its production is very important. We can see that the market of olive oil is very important in Spain, indeed Spain is the biggest producer of olive oil in the world. The production amounted to 1.6 million of tonnes which represent a huge difference from the second biggest producer of olive oil in the world, Italy, which produce 400,000 tonnes. We see that Spain represent the principal world market of olive oil. In Spain, there are 27 appellations of origin of olive oil which represent a very important number of olive oil different. These designations shown at what point the market of olive oil is very important in...

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Olive tree in the Greek culinary culture
Jun12

Olive tree in the Greek culinary culture

Greece is a country which enjoys a strong sunshine all the year, which allows to have a strong olive tree culture, also being a part of the greek culture itself. Olive oil is the basis of many greek culinary preparations and meals. In Greece, there exists more than 100 varieties of olive trees. Some of the most well-know olive tree species around this country are Adramitini, l’Amigdalolia or Kalamata. Those different olive tree varieties allow the production of extra virgin olive oil. Greece is the largest consumers of olive oil in the world. As many things we know nowadays and we do a daily use of them, olive oil was commonly used in the old grece and people by that time already adorated it. Its production mainly comes from the Peloponnese region, in the islands of Aegean seas or in Crete. Due to the exceptionnal quality of the olive oils in greece, this product got the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) recognition , given by the European Union’s System of...

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