From harvest to flowering – my visit to Andalucia

From harvest to flowering – my visit to Andalucia
September + October 2009/ Australian & New Zealand Olivegrower & Processor

harvest-floweringVera Sergeeva | View Article
Andalusia (southern Spain) is the world’s leading olive oil producing region. Spain produces 33% of the world’s olive oil, and the Andalucian region accounts for 80% of total Spanish output. The largest olivegrowing areas are concentrated in the provinces of Jaén, Córdoba, and Granada, in eastern and central Andalusia.

Driving through Andalucìa, it is easy to see that the most abundant crop throughout Andalucia, and in particular, Jaén, is the olive. In certain areas, tidy line after line of olive trees stretch for as far as the eye can see. In Jaén more than 4500 square kilometres is devoted to olive groves containing around 40 million olive trees.