Portuguese gourmet

Portuguese olive oil

Portugal has emerged as one of the foremost among the various first world nations in recent times. Located in the south western fringes of the European continent the country became a member of the European Union as late as 1986 and since then Portugal has shown a stable growth in terms of economy and its various natural resources has contributed immensely to its growth. One of the foremost among these is olive oil which is extracted from the olive fruits and statistics reveal that Portugal is placed in the eighth position in the world accounting for about 2% consumption, 1% production and 7.1 kg per capita consumption annually in the year 2005. Moreover various researches have brought to the forefront the view that among the different kinds of vegetable oils that are available, olive oil is the most preferred because of its merits. This is because olive oil is made up of high proportions of polyphenols and monounsaturated fats like mainly oleic acid and these components have multifarious uses in cosmetics and soap, as fuel or lighting oil lamps and also as cooking medium. The most significant function of olive oil is related to its medicinal uses. It is very efficient in acting as resistant against coronary heart diseases and often acts as laxatives as well.

Portuguese olive oil

In Portugal, olive oil groves are found extensively in various regions where the Mediterranean climatic conditions aid its cultivation. The major areas of production include Norte Alentjano, the Tras-os-Montes in the northern part of Portugal, the upper Douro and the hills of the Moura region. Technological advancements have also ensured the use of better technical tools like artificial irrigation, in order to increase the level and quality of production. Extensive olive cultivation has let to the formation of specific demarcated regions called DOP. Therefore it is doubtless that olive oil will make its way amidst the enriched gourmet of Portugal.