The importance of olive groves for the conservation of biodiversity

Do you know what "biodiversity" is? That is the first question we must ask ourselves to understand why it is so important to talk about it. With this word, we refer to the set of plants and animals that live in a specific area thanks to the conditions that this area provide them, allowing these species to develop easily in an ideal environment for them.

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EVOO instead of butter, why yes?

Surely the title has caught your attention, right? You may have thought that butter does not need substitutes. That you can use extra virgin olive oil for some recipes and butter for others. But thinking about your health, we are forced to tell you why you can use EVOO instead of butter.

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Benefits of EVOO in the vegan diet

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Perhaps a few years ago, there were still those who did not know the vegan diet. However, today, along with vegetarian, it is one of the best-known diets. Either little by little, or suddenly, more and more people are becoming part of the vegan world.

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EVOO to improve allergy symptoms

Spring is a time of light and colour. After winter, the temperatures soften, the days get longer and, all this, invites to go out and enjoy. However, people who suffer from spring allergies, do not see this season in such an idyllic way.

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Why cooking with EVOO?

cooking with EVOO

First of all, we must clarify that extra virgin olive oil has great stability at high temperatures, even when fried, compared to other vegetable oils. As a monounsaturated fat, it contains higher bioactive compounds, such as polyphenols, which remain present for longer.

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Benefits of EVOO in sports nutrition

sport and EVOO

We all know that sports and nutrition go hand in hand, but did you know that EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) is a "superfood" with great properties that will bring numerous benefits to your diet? Shall we tell you?

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Benefits of combining extra virgin olive oil and sports

Nutrition and sports

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an ingredient that should be part of our diet on a daily basis. It will not be the first time that you read this recommendation, but we emphasize that fats are good for everyone, even for athletes.

It is important to know that not all fats are the same, so we recommend selecting foods that are high in healthy fats, including nuts, cheese, avocado, fish and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Numerous studies on health and good diet recommend the consumption of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and not any other type of oil. This product has many health benefits, in addition, it is the highest quality edible oil, and it has a huge variety of aromas and tastes.

Why is Extra Virgin Olive Oil a healthy product?

EVOO, due to its manufacturing process, is a foodstuff that contains polyphenols. Polyphenols are substances found in certain plants and foods, which not only provide smell and taste, but are also perfect natural antioxidants.

EVOO, an essential ingredient in the diet of athletes

Much of the research carried out on EVOO confirms a multitude of benefits for athletes, and therefore, for health. One of them focuses on the phenolic compounds and vitamin E present in EVOO, which help protect against oxidative stress produced by exercise. These Extra Virgin ingredients protect athletes from possible injuries and contribute to recovery after each workout. Polyphenols have vasodilator effects, are also capable of improving the lipid profile and have clear anti-inflammatory effects.

Regarding bone health research, we found a study carried out by the Centre for Network Biomedical Research, Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition where they affirm that the consumption of extra virgin olive oil can reduce the risk of having an osteoporotic fracture by up to 51%. Here you can download a guide about the hours to do sports per week of our friends from  trotacalles club.

Another notable benefit of extra virgin oil is its oleic acid content, which is given by unsaturated fat. This fat helps to reduce our blood cholesterol levels, in addition to promoting different metabolic functions as it is an anti-aging agent.

In conclusion, there are many benefits of extra virgin olive oil for sports. This product contains an important nutritional value and makes it an ideal ally of healthy lifestyle habits, in turn, it is the healthiest, safest and most stable vegetable fat for cooking.

Take care of your diet and do some exercise, your cardiovascular health and your mood will be grateful!

Discover the different types of olive oil

discover the different types of oil

Olive Oil is one of the main ingredients in the Mediterranean diet. However, although its use is increasingly widespread throughout the world, many hesitate to distinguish its varieties and their differences in quality.

What is considered Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

When buying Olive Oil we have to make sure that the label includes name and surnames. That is, if your label does not include: Extra and Virgin, it is a sign that you are not buying top quality oil. 

For an Olive Oil to be considered Extra Virgin, it must be produced with a healthy olive, freshly harvested from the tree and transformed (ground) under strict control of hygienic and quality standards, at room temperature and without additives. It also has flawless organoleptic characteristics, meaning without odour and flavour defects and with an acidity lower than 0.8%.

This last parameter is not related to acid flavours, as it could be mistakenly associated with the fact that it is a fruit. It is part of its biological composition and quality characteristic that is measured in laboratory analytics.

Therefore, buying Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) guarantees quality, flavour and health, since it is the best oil and vegetable fat which provides the most healthy and nutritional benefits to the body both raw and cooked.

What types of Olive Oil do we see in supermarkets?

There are different types of Olive Oil, and this can cause some confusion when buying it if we don’t know their differences in detail. We can find the following types:

  • Virgin Olive Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Mild Olive Oil
  • Intense Olive Oil

First, those oils in which the label does not include Virgin or Extra Virgin are oils that come from mixtures of refined oils. This does not mean they are “finer”; it refers to the fact that they have undergone chemical processes to eliminate important defects and to neutralize odours and flavours. Therefore, they are converted into saturated fats, just another run-of-the-mill fat, without any nutrient contribution or health benefits.

What is the difference between Virgin Olive Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Virgin Olive Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil have in common that they are the juice or the oil extracted from the olive by physical or mechanical methods. Therefore, there is no use of chemicals and they are not subjected to high temperatures to obtain them.

However, the difference lies in its biological composition (amount of free fatty acids and the presence of polyphenols) and in the organoleptic characteristics (presence of flavour or aroma defects). These differences may have their origin in different factors: fruit quality, time and way of harvesting, time elapsed between harvesting and grinding, errors in the extraction process and inadequate storage, among other factors.

What a delicious fruit! The olive

the olive is a fruit

In all high-quality extra virgin olive oils, there is a positive attribute par excellence, the fruity: intense, medium or light aroma to green or ripe olives. This aroma of the fruit from which it comes is usually accompanied by smells such as freshly cut grass, green tomato, artichoke, or even green banana.

Along with fruity, another important attribute or virtue is pungentness and bitterness (yes, these are positive characteristics of a good EVOO) and its intensity will depend on the variety, growing area and time of harvest.

The pungent and spicy touch of extra virgin olive oil is due to a high concentration of polyphenols (natural compounds present only in foods of plant origin) and natural antioxidants. Therefore, it is a quality and stability indicator that protects it from autoxidation and provides beneficial effects for the consumer's health.

Each variety gives us different nuances: our arbequina EVOO is sweet on the palate when entering the mouth, very aromatic and slightly pungent. It is the ideal complement for a salad, a carpaccio, a vegetable cream, a mango or pastries. Our picual EVOO has a medium fruity reminiscent of freshly cut grass, with moderately balanced pungentness and bitterness. It is an ideal oil for meat dishes, grilled or gratin vegetables, cheeses, a gazpacho or salmorejo, stir-fries and, why not, pouring a good drizzle of EVOO on some orange slices?

If the preference is for an all-purpose oil, stable in terms of attributes over time, our EVOO in 3 and 5 liter formats is an excellent option. Different varieties of olives have been used in its production (picual, arbequina, pajarera and hojiblanca), in accordance with a series of criteria of our mill master in order to obtain similar aromas, flavours and organoleptic characteristics in each campaign.