Spaniards aren’t exactly the most modest group of people. If we’re good at something, we won’t shy away from letting everyone know about it. Architecture, art, landmarks, dancing and dynamic music are just a few of our many strengths - not to mention, our nation’s delicious cuisine. And what is the ultimate requirement of each and every traditional Spanish dish? Olive oil!
Don’t believe us? Read on, as we count down the top 5 reasons Spanish olive oil can’t be surpassed.
Reason #5: We are largest producer of olive oil in the world
You may have thought that other Mediterranean countries lead the pack due to their shared love of all things olives - but you would be mistaken! Spain is actually the world leader in both olive production (40%) and olive oil production (75%), with most of our delicious oils coming from the Andalusia region. We’re proud to say that Andalusia is where La Española originates from!
Reason #4: Spanish olive oil pairs perfectly with Spanish food
Nothing complements a traditional Spanish dish better than a light drizzle (or generous pouring) of Spanish olive oil. Spaniards are patriotic at heart, and olive oil producers have worked hard to ensure that there is an olive oil to enjoy with each and every Spanish dish, be it tapas, paella or gazpacho. What can we say - we love the fruits of our land!
Reason #3: A varied range of strictly regulated grades of olive oil
The range of varieties and grades of olive oil is truly astounding - and producers of Spanish olive take this seriously. All the countries in the EU, including Spain, regulate the grading of olive oil. Essentially, this is a protective measure for the consumer, to ensure that buyers and consumers of olive oil are not getting an inferior olive oil products presented as superior grades. This means that whether you’re purchasing virgin, extra virgin, regular or refined olive oil, you can expect the best - for example, the products you’ll find in La Española’s authentic range.
Reason #2: Thousands of years of olive oil production in Spain
Far back in ancient times, the Phoenicians and Greeks introduced the olive tree to the Iberian Peninsula. We have to give credit to the ancient Romans, who continued to develop the oil production process. Thousands of years later, Spaniards continue to reap the benefits of this natural oil, and have built a worldwide reputation for our olive oil quality, taste and variations.
Reason #1: La Española is a member of the Spanish olive oil family
What better way to cap off our list than to give ourselves a little nod?! At La Española, we are proud to be advocates of the Mediterranean diet and leaders in Spanish olive oil production, and, most of all, we love introducing our traditional brand to new customers.
Haven’t tried our olive oils yet? Get on the Spanish olive oil train today!