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Going the Extra Mile (Literally)

DON HARRIS: REFLECTIONS ON SPAIN

Going the Extra Mile (Literally)

I find it fascinating that such a pure and simple product as the natural juice of an olive has been central to the diet of all civilizations of the Mediterranean. The Egyptians, Palestinians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans all knew how vital it was and planted olive groves throughout the known world. Those of us who live outside of the Mediterranean are now just rediscovering how vital olive oil can be to our general health.

Modern nutritional studies confirm what our forbearers always knew: olive oil is an essential part of a balanced diet. It is easily digested, and quickly and completely absorbed by the system. It is...

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Spanish Olive Oil

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Spanish Olive Oil

Olive cultivation began in the Middle East over 5,000 years ago and gradually spread westward throughout the Mediterranean basin. The Romans first planted olive trees in Spain, and since then olive oil has become central to their cuisine and history.

Spain, not Italy, provided the bulk of the olive oil to the Roman Empire. Archeologists in Rome found a mountain composed of 40,000,000 earthenware vessels that bore the labels of to the Spanish producers in Andalucía. To this day much of what is called Italian olive oil is actually produced in Spain and packaged in Italy.

Spain continues to be the world's leading producer of olive...

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REGIONAL FOCUS

Andalucía

Andalucía is an amazing place rich in its monuments, warm and engaging people, abundant citrus fruits and fresh produce, and incredible variety of seafood. It is a virtual cornucopia of shrimp, langostinos and any fish one can imagine.

Where to start writing about Andalucía? With the fabled castles and wine bodegas, the city streets lined with orange-laden trees, the rugged snow capped mountains and endless beaches, or the olive groves which stretch beyond the horizon? Andalucía is a simply fabulous and romantic destination; it is a place of fervor and fiesta. After more than forty years of traveling there, our family still has places...

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