Pedro Barato

Olive oils from Spain, a commitment to the future

Spain is the largest producer and exporter of Olive Oil in the world with more than 340 million olive trees, which cover an area of ​​some 2.5 million hectares, the source of half the olive oil in the world. Spain currently exports these Olive Oils to more than 160 countries.

Enjoy raw food lifestyle

Raw Food Lifestyle

You're well aware of how much we love the Mediterranean Diet. We are big advocates of this lifestyle because it allows you to eat a healthy, varied diet without cutting out foods - you can just make them healthier thanks to Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  This is why we're talking about Raw Food. This new trend inspires us and easily adapts to our Mediterranean lifestyle.

Olive Oils frokm Spain, the gift of health

Give the Gift of Health, Give Olive Oils From Spain

Get it right, every time. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the best gift, here’s why:

Why give Olive Oils from Spain? 

Spain is the global leader in quality and quantity of olive oil produced and sold.               

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Haute Cuisine 2015: Trends that come and trends that go

Haute Cuisine 2015

The turn of the year is the best time to look back and take stock of what 2014 offered us and hazard a guess as to what 2015 has in store. Do any of these terms ring a bell with you: food truck, pop-up restaurant, insects as food, savoury cocktails or tapas

 king’s cake with Olive Oils from Spain

Learn how to make a king’s cake with Olive Oils from Spain

The Hermitage Garden in Moscow was filled with magic the weekend of 21 and 22 December. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the Seasons magazine Christmas Fair, where visitors could experience the wonders of Christmas – buying fir trees, festive decorations and gifts that are not easily found, and sampling traditional food and drink. All in all, it was a unique weekend that also boasted the presence of several renowned chefs. 

Monte Testaccio

ローマ帝国の食事を支えたスペインのオリーブ畑

「西ローマ帝国全土に最も多く存在していた、もしくは最も典型的だったアンフォラはバエティカのオイルが入ったものでした。ベルギー、ゲルマニア、スイスを含むガリア、全ブリタンニアでアンフォラが出土しています。流通の港であるアレクサンドリア(エジプト)にもたどり着いたオイルは、そこからインドの東沿岸部のアリカメドゥなどの遠地にまで運ばれていました」遥か2000年も昔、グアダルキビル川岸で作られたオイルが詰まったアンフォラは、8000キロも離れた遠いインドまで旅をしていたのです!

オイルアンフォラの地図

Monte Testaccio

Spanish olive groves fed the Roman Empire

“The amphoras of Baetica oil are the most abundant or most common in all of the Western Roman Empire.  Amphoras appear throughout all of Britain, in Wales, as well as in Belgium and Germany and even Switzerland.  They were also transported to Alexandria, Egypt, a distribution port which in turn shipped the oil to places as remote as Arikamedu, on the Eastern coast of India.”  Thus, amphoras containing oil from the banks of the Guadalquivir River in Andalusia traveled 8,000 kilometers to India two millennia ago!

西班牙橄榄园为罗马帝国提供食物

西班牙橄榄园为罗马帝国提供食物

“贝提卡橄榄油双耳瓶在整个西罗马帝国最丰富或最具代表性。在大不列颠尼亚各地,在高卢,包括比利时,且从德国到瑞士,都出现油瓶的踪迹。油瓶也到达了亚历山德里亚(埃及),在该港口分运至远方,比如印度东海岸的阿里卡梅杜。”来自瓜达尔基维尔河岸的橄榄油,两千年前游走8000公里直至印度!

西班牙橄榄园为罗马帝国提供食物

但是荣誉归于罗马——世界的中心。  “帝国和皇帝用一盘小扁豆购买平民的政治权力。帝国皇帝不得不在罗马维持社会和平,并通过低成本提供食物进行。罗马帝国的存亡取决于来自贝提卡的橄榄油。”我们现在所知的被称为泰斯塔西奥山堆的巨大的垃圾堆放场证明了这一点。雷密萨尔教授和他的团队多年来一直在进行研究: “这是一个绝对的人造山堆,完全是由废油瓶组成的,其周长近一公里,高度近乎50米,从前那个时候还要大得多。它曾是一个有组织的垃圾堆放场。现在我们可以计算出从奥古斯都时期到公元三世纪在首都消费的橄榄油的80%到85%来自贝提卡。” 

两千年来销至全世界的橄榄油

两千年来销至全世界的橄榄油

西班牙出口橄榄油至超过 170 个国家。世界上也只有 190多个国家,这表示几乎全世界每个角落都能找到西班牙的橄榄油。

一个住在英格兰与苏格兰边界诺森伯兰郡的英国人可以去超级市场买瓶西班牙的橄榄油,没有人会因此感到惊讶。不过,人们可能不知道两千年前同一个郡的居民用的也还是西班牙的橄榄油。

这是个不争的事实。这段惊人的历史也让我们兴奋不已。在文德兰达这个英格兰偏远的郡,有一座古罗马军营的废墟。这座军营建于公元 85 年,设置的目的是为了防卫罗马帝国边境的哈德良长城。 两千年后的我们怎么知道那些罗马士兵也会食用来自贝提卡(Baetica,今日西班牙安达卢西亚一带)的橄榄油呢?因为他们用来运送橄榄油的“容器”被保留了下来(216 罗马磅容量,大约 70 公斤的双耳瓶)。 

两千年来销至全世界的橄榄油

全世界へオリーブオイルを輸出するスペインは2000年以上もトップの座に君臨

Leading the export of olive oil to the entire world for over 2,000 years

Spain exports its olive oils to more than 170 countries around the world.  Considering that there are just over 190 countries existing today, we can say with confidence that you can find Spanish Olive Oil in practically any corner of the globe.

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