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You probably know that olive cultivation dates back to the Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs. But do you know the origin of the table olives? do you know when this delicious snack was first eaten at home and in the street? We invite you to read our article.

Learn more about table olives

Olives have been used to extract oil since ancient times. However, there are several writings that show that olives were eaten as an aperitif as far back as the 1st century. We are referring to the writings of the famous agronomist Columella. He tells us how to prepare dressed olives with fennel, in brine, with leaf vinegar and mastic and in many other ways.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, olives would become part of the daily food of the Andalusian and Extremaduran day labourers . In this natural way, it passed from the countryside to Spanish homes, bars and restaurants. It has become a typical Spanish product. Ideal with a glass of wine and a tapa.

On the other hand, it must be said that the boom that, fortunately, received the Mediterranean diet in the 1950s was thanks to the famous "seven countries study". The study, which showed that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a lower incidence of disease and a higher life expectancy of its inhabitants, revalued the consumption of table olives.

Currently, among the best olives from Seville are the table olives Escamilla with its three varieties known throughout the world: the manzanilla, the most internationally known olive; the gordal, appreciated for its size and flavour; and the verdial, rich in healthy fats that give a very special touch to dressings.


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