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 initially grown in Ancient Iran and Mesopotamia 5.000 years ago. Its cultivation 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. 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 colonisers 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 leading 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 on 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 olive oil under its 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 under optimal conditions.
Therefore, once we filled the packages, 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.