Curious things

  • The first mentioning about making olive oil are 6500 years old. Since its discovery, the oil has been widely accepted and so popular that it was called ‘liquid gold’. More than 3000 years ago growing olives started in Spain. Nowadays it is one of the world leaders in oil production, is estimated to be 44% of the world total. Besides, it is the country with the highest consumption of oil and one of largest exporters, staying ahead of Italy, Greece, Turkey and Syria.
  • Olive oil is produced mainly in Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha, Extremadura, Catalonia, Aragon and Valencia.
  • It is estimated that there are about 300 million olive trees in Spain
  • In Spain there are a several millennial olive trees that still bear fruit.
  • In Spain there are about 260 varieties of olives, but only about 20 of them are cultivated on a large scale, and only about 7 of them are most popular.
  • a 75% of the olive oil production in Spain is concentrated in the south, mostly in Andalusia

To prepare 1 liter of extra virgin olive oil, 5-6 kg of olives are required. The only difference between green and black olives is their state of maturity.

  • In the Bible, the olive tree is identified as a symbol of regeneration of life. After the flood, a sign of life was an olive branch brought by a dove.
  • According to a Christian legend, the cross on which Jesus was crucified was made of olive wood.
  • Bitterness and burning aftertaste in extra virgin olive oil are positive characteristics of the oil and in no event constitute a defect, as some people think.
  • Starting from the first Olympics, the winners were crowned with olive branches cut from the sacred olive tree located next to the temple of Zeus.
  • The denomination of ‘lampante’ (suitable for lamps) refers to oils which were unfit for consumption and were used in oil lamps.
  • When food coated in thick batter is fried, is not really frying, but a cooking, as the fat does not penetrate the food and remains in the layer covering it.
  • Frying in olive oil is less aggressive for the thermolabile components of food compared to stir frying or stewing. For example, the amount of vitamin C which is lost in the process of frying in oil is much lower than in the one lost during stir fry or stew.
  • The number of fries that sustains sunflower oil is between ten and fifteen, while olive oil sustains twenty to thirty fries.
  • Contrary to what many people believe, the color and flavor of the oil hardly depends on the acidity of the same.
  • Extra virgin olive oil contains vitamin A, a good protector of eyesight.
  • Already in the 5th century, Hippocrates advised olive oil for muscle aches and also in case of ulcer or cholera.