Olives from Spain

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All about Olives from Spain 

Five fantastic Olives from Spain facts 

1.The Spanish table olive is one of the most popular foods in Spain, and can be served on its own as a tasty and nutritious snack or used as an ingredient in a variety of tapas dishes and other delicious recipes

2.  The four main varieties of Spanish table olive available from major supermarkets in the UK are: Manzanilla, Gordal, Hojiblanca and Cacere

3. Spanish table olives can be served in a different number of ways including: whole, pitted, stuffed with one or more ingredients such as pimento, onion, tuna, anchovy, salmon, almond, etc, in slices (rings)

4.  Spanish table olives are a healthy and highly nutritious food containing essential fatty acids and are also a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals

5.  The daily recommended allowance for a healthy adult is 25g or seven Spanish table olives per day 

Healthy facts about Olives from Spain

Since ancient times, Olives from Spain and olive oil have been valued for their medicinal benefits. Indeed, olive oil was once referred to as the “juice of the gods”, denoting its high importance.

Olives are completely natural and high in antioxidants and vitamins. The oil inside olives is mostly made up of unsaturated fatty acids, especially oleic acid which helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases. This oil is also said to be extremely good for your skin, with beauticians highlighting its benefits in improving skin complexion.Olives are easy to digest because of their fibre content, and all contain important minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iodine.

Packed with nutrients to promote good health:

  • Monounsaturated fats
  • Vitamin E
  • Antioxidants
  • Fibre
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Iodine
  • Oleic acid

The healthy snack food

  • Olives from Spain have fewer calories than snacks such as crisps or peanuts

History & Production

  1. Spain produces 500,000 tonnes per year, that’s almost 30% of the world’s olive production.
  2. 60% of the total production is exported to over 120 countries.
  3. 40% is commercialized in Spain, used in households (75%) and restaurants/hotels (25%).
  4. Spain is the world’s leading producer of table olives (30%), followed some way behind by Egypt (13%), Turkey (10%), Syria (8%), etc.




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