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Spain is the world’s top producer of olive oil. Depending on the type of olive used the oil will have a different flavor. Some of the olive types found in Spain are:
Picual or Marteña: From the town of Martos in the southern province of Jaén. 50% of the Spanish olive oil production and 20% of the world’s come from this type of olive. Oil from picual olive is Green colored and has a fruity and bitter taste.
Hojiblaca or Picuda: Used in olive oils from Córdoba and Málaga and it’s a Golden colored oil with smooth taste.
Arbequina: Found mostly in Catalonia in the Lérida province. Oil from arbequina is Green and has an aromatic flavor.
Empeitre: From Aragón, the color of this oil is yellow and has a sweet aftertaste with a scent of apple and banana.
Cornicabra: Oil from this olive, found in Castilla La Mancha and Extremadura, is strong flavored and highly aromatic.
Royal: From Cazorla in the Jaén province is a red colored olive that produces fruity and fresh oil with soft agreeable taste.
Serrana: This olive is typical from the mountains in the Castellón province and produces a golden and greenish oil that’s full bodied and fruity.