Everyday, more consumers are choosing healthy habits in their diet, adopting Mediterranean Diet and extra virgin olive oil as one of their basic foods.
Today we want to share these five things you need to know about Spanish Olive Oil, one of the reference raw materials from Spain, increasingly present in the kitchens around the world for its high nutritional value and premium quality!
1. Spain, the largest world producer
Spain is the largest producer of olive oil in the world, with 44 percent of world production. Within Spain, Andalusia, in the south, concentrates the largest production: the province of Jaén has 70% of production.
2. Spain, the second world consumer of olive oil in the world
Spain is also the second world consumer of olive oil, with an average annual consumption of approximately 10 liters (2.5 gallons) per person. However, the country where most olive oil is consumed is Greece, with 18 liters per person (4.7 gallons).
3. 300 million olive trees!
Although it seems incredible, Spain has approximately 300 million olive trees. If we compare this figure with the population in the United States, each citizen would be accompanied by an olive tree.
4. More than 200 varieties
An important value in the production of olive oil is the quality of its raw material, olives. Within 200 varieties in Spain, approximately 24 are used regularly to produce olive oil, and each one contributes a different and delicious flavor.
Picual variety is the most cultivated. However, the production of monovarietal oils has given the consumer a wide range of different olive oils: hojiblanca, picuda, cornicabra, arbequina, lechín, verdial, aloreña, verdeja, gordal… Goya extra virgin olive oils are produced with the best varieties Hojiblanca, Lechín, Picual, Arbequina and Manzanilla, harvested in the fields of Andalusia.