THE OLIVE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET

Since the earliest of times, the olive tree and its fruit have symbolized peace, wisdom and progress, and its oils and fruits have been valued for their health benefits and medicinal properties. They lie at the centre of our culture and cuisine. Past generations would eat olives as a complement to their meals, and they were a basic staple in the daily food intake of peasants and farm workers in Andalusia and Extremadura during the 19th and 20th Centuries, who usually ate black olives with bread. The first accounts of the preparation of olives date from Classical ...

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SPAIN BEATS THE REST IN PRODUCTION AND EXPORT OF TABLE OLIVES

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Yet another reason to feel cheerful at Aceitunas Torrent. Figures published recently by the International Olive Council put Spain in the well in the lead in the production of table olives, far ahead of its competitor countries in the Mediterranean. World production over the past five harvests reached an annual average of 2,371,000 tonnes, with about a quarter of this total being cultivated and harvested in Spain. Better still, Spain accounted for 39% of the world trade in in table olives in the year 2012, and is the biggest exporter of table olives. Official ...

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The Patios (courtyards) Festival

WHAT ARE THE PATIOS? **In the list of Intangible Heritage of Humanity of Unesco since December 2012** Due to the hot, dry Cordoban climate, the city's inhabitants, - first the Romans and later the Moslems - adapted the typical design of the popular house to their needs, making the home centre around an inner courtyard (patio in Spanish), normally with a fountain in the middle and often a well to collect rainwater. The Moslems made further adjustments, giving the house an entrance from the street which passed through a porch, and filling the courtyard with plants to ...

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May in Cordoba – Know our traditions

MAY IN CÓRDOBA - FLOWERS ON FLOATS, ON CROSSES AND IN PATIOS Springtime brings flowers galore to Córdoba, starting with a parade at the beginning of May called La Batalla de las Flores ("the Battle of the Flowers"). This sees a long procession of flower-covered floats, with women dressed in traditional gypsy dresses throwing flowers into the crowd. Next come the two main floral events, starting off with the May Crosses, followed by the Patio Contests , and finally the Spring Feria. All this is accompanied by a host of cultural events - all kinds of music, theatre, ...

History of olives: yesterday a dessert, today an appetizer

There is an expression that is not used frequently today in Spain, but you may find it in some classic texts especially from the Golden Age, that claims that someone "came to olives " to mean that reached too late to an appointment. Today the expression would indicate just the opposite: olives are consumed mainly at the cocktail hour. But in the seventeenth century olives were eaten as a dessert. That is exactly what they are: the tree fruit. These words of Miguel Angel Almodovar indicate the gastronomic changes made in s . XIX: "The common people drink wine ...