Best Olive Oils Portugal

The olive oil has been a central component of the Portuguese culinary style. This heavenly substance has been around in Portugal throughout its history and is included in nearly every recipe.

Although olive oil production has existed in Portugal since 3000 BC, it was not until the Arabs, who occupied this region in the 17th century, that olive cultivation was developed in Portugal.

In recent years, the Portuguese producers have enhanced the quality of their products to become one of the best olive oils in the world.

The main olive oil producing regions in Portugal are Alentejo and Trás-os-Montes, but there is also an important production in Beira Interior and Ribatejo too.

The quality of the soil and the climatic changes define the characteristics of the olives and therefore the quality and diversity of the olive oils produced.

The most widely used olive cultivar in Portugal is the 'Galician olive' a.k.a the 'Portuguese olive'

With its contemporary methods of planting olive trees, its various oil mills and its modern production processes, Portuguese olive oil has managed to establish itself as one of the best olive oils in the world today.