From 1-3 October, The Restaurant Show will play host to Jaén Provincial Council, who will be showcasing extra virgin olive oils from Jaén (Spain) the world’s leading olive oil producer.
Jaén is Andalusia’s northernmost province and is often characterised as the “lung” of Andalusia, as it boasts Spain’s largest expanse of protected areas in the form of natural parks. These parks are complemented by some 66 million olive trees, whose orderly groves cover the province’s 13,489 square kilometre like a carpet. This remarkable landscape constitutes the world’s largest producer of olive oil.
Jaén boasts 550,000 hectares of productive olive groves, which together provide 40% of the olive oil consumed in Spain and 20% of the olive oil consumed worldwide.
Jaén stands out not only for the quantity of its oil, but also for the quality. The great majority of the olives produced in the Jaén region are of the Picual variety, which have intense flavours and strong personalities. They have a hint of fresh herbs, green bananas and tomato plants, with an aroma of artichokes, almonds and fig leaves.
Picual olive oils provide an explosion of flavour, and most importantly a whole host of health benefits, which lie in its high polyphenol content, that contributes to the fight against cancer and heart disease by helping delay cell ageing.
Twelve different extra virgin olive oils from Jaén (Spain) will be showcased; seven of which are recognised within the Jaén Selección distinction.
Three presentations will be given on the main stage – one per day – including informative sessions on the production of extra olive oil, a blind tasting hosted by Marcos Reguera, President of the Association of Sommeliers of Jaén, and a cooking demonstration hosted by Michelin two-starred chef Mauro Colagreco, of Mirazur, voted third in World’s Fifty Best 2018.
Visitors to the Jaén Provincial Council stand will also be invited to take part in individual extra virgin olive oil tastings, meet Mauro Colagreco and speak to the representatives of Jaén Provincial Council and the extra virgin olive oils.