Olive Harvesting in Spain - Mechanical vs Hand Picked

Olive Harvesting in Spain - Mechanical vs Hand Picked
A very curious statement is printed on every bottle of certified extra virgin olive oil in Spain. The statement is: "Superior category of Olive Oil obtained directly from olives and solely by mechanical means." When I moved to Spain and began learning about extra virgin olive oil, I found this...

The 2018 Olive Harvest Has Begun in Spain

The 2018 Olive Harvest Has Begun in Spain
The 2017 summer was hot and dry here in southern Spain.  Not much precipitation at all……   which bodes well for fans of flavorful Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Just like any other fruit, when there is an abundance of moisture during the growing season, the fruit becomes fat and juicy and the olive oil extracted … Continue reading The 2018 Olive Harvest Has Begun in Spain

Battle to be the “World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil” – and why this is misleading.

Battle to be the “World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil” – and why this is misleading.
There is a raging battle going on in Andalusia, Spain. The olive mills are fighting for awards at international fairs and everybody is going for SPECTACULAR!  The Olive Oil Times, a very good source for industry information, lists many articles about competitions and awards, and which bottles were selected at the most recent contest. But with … Continue reading Battle to be the “World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil” – and why this is misleading.

Botijos, Huchas, Jarras, Jarros and Beautiful Ani

Botijos, Huchas, Jarras, Jarros and Beautiful Ani
Botijos, pronounced …bo- TEE-hoes …. are Spanish, earthenware water jugs. For centuries, the Spanish botijos provided cool drinking water even during the hottest days (still do in fact). The shape of the botijo along with the porous clay used to make it, allow the jug to “sweat” and through evaporation, the water inside is cooled.… Continue reading Botijos, Huchas, Jarras, Jarros and Beautiful Ani