Olive oil and olives have been known for ages as golden treasures of nature for its benefits for the human health.
The olive tree was originally grown in Ancient Iran and Mesopotamia 5.000 years ago. Its cultivation was spread to Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and the Mediterranean basin. Research points out that the old Egyptians grew olive trees as they used olive oil for religious ceremonies.
The cultivation of this tree arrived in the Mediterranean basin with the Phoenicians. The Greeks used it for pharmaceutical purposes. The Romans pioneered its use for human consumption.
Centuries later it was the Arabs living in Spain who improved the agricultural techniques for its production. Actually the name “oil” in Spanish (aceite) derives from the Arab word “azzait”, which means olive juice.
Cordoba´s Mosque is an example of Arabic art.
Years later when America was discovered, the Spanish colonizers started to introduce the vine and the olive tree in the continent. Likewise, at the beginning of the 20th century the olive tree cultivation reached South Africa and Australia.
Spain is nowadays the main olive oil producer worldwide. Andalusia is the region in the South with the most extensive surface dedicated to its cultivation. Among the most productive areas in the South are Jaen, Cordoba and Seville. But also Lerida, Toledo and Aragon in other parts of the country.It is noteworthy to mention that the number one priority for Spanish farmers was the constant improvement of the quality of our olive oil. Thus the merchandising was an issue that remained in the background.
You can see in the map where our olives come from.
This situation let other countries buy our olive oil so that they exported it as a product of their country. However, after the years there is more control over this issue, and the situation has changed.
Nowadays Spain is exporting its own olive oil under its own brand name “Made in Spain”, which is good news for the country.
In our family business Reinos de Taifas, we guarantee that the whole process of production matches all the quality requirements successfully passing all security controls, so that the final product is in optimal conditions.
Therefore, once the packages are filled, they are labelled and sent to the final customer, so that the consumer can enjoy the unique taste of the olive with the same flavour and aroma that the fruit had when the olive was optimally ripe and freshly collected.
Hence this so nutrient-rich liquid is so exclusive that it could be called the Green Gold.