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Seasoning olives, summer season.

July 17, 2018

Beach, pool, mountain, lake. No matter where you spend your holidays, summer it’s just an excuse to celebrate.
To celebrate the good weather, to celebrate with family, to celebrate with friends even if Spanish people don’t need any excuse to gather around the table and have a great time. Then let’s celebrate with the best olives from Spain in its summer seasoning.
Our best Spanish chefs meet at the kitchen to show us the best options for the season, write it down!

Spanish black olives from Teruel

Flavor: Sweet                           Style: Surprising                    Season: Summer                        Preparation time: 5 minutes


– Spanish black olives                            – Rosemary
– Dried tomatoes                                     – Garlic
– Peach cubes                                           – Extra virgin olive oil

ELABORATION: Put in a bowl the cubes of peach, rosemary and extra virgin olive oil and reserve it. After 20 minutes, add the pulp of the tomatoes. Finally, add the Spanish black olives and some garlic chopped. Voilà !


Spanish Queen Olives with tuna from the Cantabric and Cider Vinegar

Flavor: Salty                               Style: Surprising                     Season: Summer                        Preparation time: 4 minutes


– Spanish queen olives                               – Chilli
– Tuna                                                            – Lemon balm
– Cider vinegar                                             – Extra virgin olive oil
– Grains of mustard

ELABORATION: Put in a bowl some pieces of tuna with vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, grains of mustard and the chilli. Mix everything and add the Spanish queen olives. Before serving, add some lemon balms as the final touch.


Spanish Queen Olives with Melon and Spicy

Flavor: Sweet                                Style: Fresh                             Season: Summer                          Preparation time: 3 minutes


– Spanish queen olives                                    – Rosemary
– Dried cod                                                         – Cayenne
– Melon cubes                                                    – Curry
– Saffron                                                              – Extra virgin olive oil

ELABORATION: Put in a bowl the Spanish queen olives, some pieces of cayenne and a little bit of curry. Add the rosemary and the saffron previously crushed. Add some cubes of melon and the dried cod. Mix everything with some extra virgin olive oil. Reserve in the fridge for 20 minutes. And make your guests awaiting for the best !


Spanish Green Olives with Escalivada

Flavor: Salty                                  Style: Fresh                               Season: Summer                           Preparation time: 3 minutes


– Spanish Green Olives                                        – Aubergine
– Red Pepper                                                          – Extra virgin olive oil
– Onion                                                                    – Salt

ELABORATION: Roast in the oven the red pepper, the onion and the aubergine cut in strips. Wait until cool. Put in a bowl the Spanish green olives, the vegetables and add some extra virgin olive oil and salt for mixing.

This summer, do not plan too much, leave free time to improvise and lose yourself. Enjoy a pleasant talk, share some beers and olives or simply marvel at an incredible sunset. Enjoy olives from Spain right now just opening a jar and letting your imagination fly.

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Basic Glossary to Spend your Holidays in Spain

August 1, 2018

Everything is ready. Tickets are booked, your bags are packed and you are looking forward to get to Spain. Now there’s a simple thing you can do that can have a big impact on your trip. What is missing? Your basic Spanish vocabulary! If you’re travelling to Spain, you need to know how to say some basic everyday words. Here below we are going to share a basic glossary for greetings and some survival Spanish words for your vacation, like directions, time, the weather or food. A good Spanish olives snack will help you to retain better the information, let’s get started!


Spain is a very polite society and you must always be corteous, speaking another language can sound a bit disrespectful if you don’t master the language, so don’t forget the basics and everything will sound smoother.

Buenos días – Good morning
Buenas tardes – Good afternoon
Buenas noches – Good evening
Hola means “hi” and you can say it with people you know.

¿Cómo estás? – How are you?
And you can answer: bien, gracias – good, thank you.
*Don’t forget: Por favor – Please and Gracias – Thank you. These are very important words in Spanish.


¿Dónde está? – Where is?
¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much does it cost?
¿Qué hora es? – What time is it?
¿Qué tiempo hace? – What’s the weather like?

And it everything gets difficult,
¿Habla inglés? – Do you speak English? You can ask if they do and they will like you so much better for asking in Spanish.

But above all, you need to know a couple of basic sentences to act easily in your favorite bar.
Salud – Cheers, while toasting
Que aproveche – Enjoy your food
Me pones otra caña, por favor – Can I have another beer? Please
Perdona, ¿me podrías traer unas olivas para picar? – Excuse me, can I order an olive snack?

And whatever happens, don’t worry about making mistakes. Spanish people will try their most to understand you and to make sure you understand them.

Now, enjoy your trip to Spain as a local!

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National summer holidays around Spain

August 7, 2018

You already know where to go, what to eat and what to say if you spend your summer in Spain, but you can not miss the national summer festivals in the Spanish region. Everybody knows Spain is a country of festivals, every village, no matter how small, has its own individual celebrations. Most of these fiestas and festivals have their roots in religion, but Spain’s people don’t need an excuse to celebrate. Here is a list of the top five festivals in Spain that you won’t want to miss.

San Fermines

On the top of the list, for its early date and the importance of this festivity we have The Festival of San Fermín, or the Running of the Bulls as it’s more commonly known outside Spain. This festival begins on the 6th of July midday where the mayor launches a rocket from the Casa Consistorial’s balcony in Pamplona. The festival honours the martyr Saint Fermín, with crowds of brave individuals risking life and limb as they run through the city followed by 6 fighting bulls and 6 steers while crowds of spectators line the streets to watch. Running of the bulls is an experience you will never forget!

Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s horse races

This summer they will celebrate 173 years of history. The show begins when the afternoon falls and the tide goes down. Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s horse races were born almost two centuries ago and declared of international tourist interest since 1997. It has its origins in the informal competitions held by the fish vendors to get first to the markets. This year on the 8th, 9thand 10thor 22nd, 23rd24thof August, an amazing show to watch from the beach, enjoying, of course, a delicious olive snack.

The International Descent of the Sella

On third position, The International Descent of the Sella is celebrated on the first Saturday of August after the 2nd of that month between Arriondas and Ribadesella (Principality of Asturias – Spain), with a route of 15 km along the Sella River. One of the most important events of the world in the international panorama of descent of rivers beats, its record was on 2017 with more than 1.300 participants, 860 boats and 23 countries. Amazing !

Feria de Malaga

The city’s summer festivities have their origin in the commemoration of the incorporation of Malaga to the Castilla’s crown by the Catholic Monarchs, who entered the city on August 19th, 1487. You can enjoy different celebrations as the Romería (the Pilgrimage) where locals dressed up with the typical flamenco dress and they walk to the Victory’s Sanctuary with their carriages. Also the Feria, full of live performances and numerous stalls where you can taste wines and tapas and the best Spanish olives accompanied by music in Malaga’s historical streets.

Tomatina of Buñol

No list of festivals would be complete without, La Tomatina of Buñol, held on the last Wednesday of August. It is the worlds biggest annual food fight and this year celebrates its 76th anniversary. Involving over 20,000 people and approximately 150 tons of ripe tomatoes, La Tomatina draws people from around the world to join in on this messy fiesta.

Now you only have to choose your favourite celebration, or choose them all, always well accompanied with Olives from Spain, It’s a Spanish summer basic.

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Five Fresh Recipes with Olives to cool down your summer

August 15, 2018

Summer is for holidays, family and friends. But also for quick and fresh recipes to cool down the hot days with Olives from Spain. Fish, vegetables and salads are the answer for this season. Here below a couple of ideas to enjoy the most of your summer meals. Check them out!

1.Griddled tuna with olive and parsley salad

– 2 Tuna’s steaks                                                          – Capers
– Olive oil                                                                       – Lemon Zested
– Pitted green Olives from Spain                              – Parsley
– Onion finely chopped                                               – Cooked Potatoes

The best recipe for tuna is with olives and it’s healthy too. Quick-cooked oily fish like tuna make an easy midday meal. Serve with a green olive salad with potatoes on the side.
Rub the tuna’s steaks with olive oil, then fry or grill for 1-2 minutes on each side. Mix the green Olives from Spain with the chopped onion, capers, lemon zest and parsley. Season it well and dress it with lemon juice and some olive oil. Serve with the tuna steak and some potatoes. Fresh and tasty!

2.Mexican Salsa Playera with fresh tomato and olive sauce

– Ripe tomatoes                                                             – Olive oil
– Finely chopped cilantro                                            – Kosher salt to taste
– Finely chopped pitted green olives                         – Minced onion
– Finely chopped pickled jalapeños                           – Capers

A recipe made to “refresh” your fish or meat with the best ingredients. From Mexico, with good taste comes this Acapulco-inspired pico de gallo, giving you a necessary boost from capers and Olives from Spain.
In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients; let it sit for 30 minutes to blend flavours. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Mix all the ingredients and spooned them over grilled fish or chicken. Easy!

3.Olive Salad

– Green pitted Olives from Spain                                   – Red Chilli
– Black Hojiblanca pitted Olives from Spain               – White Wine Vinegar
– Pickled coliflower, carrot and gherkins                     – Roasted Red Pepper
– 4 Cloves of Garlic                                                            – Chopped Spring Onions
– Chopped Capers                                                              – Olive Oil
– Dried Oregano

Olives are always the perfect solution for a hot day, by them self, for the aperitif or as accompaniment to any of your summer meals.
To make the olive salad, pulse the olives, giardiniera and garlic in a food processor. Add the capers, herbs, chilli and vinegar and pulse again until chopped, then mix it with the pepper and spring onion with enough olive oil to bring it together. Now you have the perfect blend to any of your summer dishes. Olives are never too many.

4.Sautéed Sole with olives

– Olive oil                                                                               – Capers
– Pitted Black Hojiblanca olives                                       – Anchovies
– Pitted green olives                                                            – Chopped Tomatoes
– Finely chopped parsley                                                    – Kosher Salt to taste
– Finely chopped garlic                                                       – Black Pepper to taste
– Balsamic vinegar                                                                – 2 Sole fillets

Fish and salads are always the answer for any summer dish. This one, whose topping resembles a tapenade, is wonderful served alongside roast potatoes.
First tapenade: combine the olives,oil, parsley, garlic, vinegar, capers, anchovies, tomato, and salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped; set tapenade aside.
Now cook the sole to medium-high heat until it turns golden brown in about 5 minutes. Finally top each fillet with tapenade before serving and ready !

5.Chilli-salt Salmon with Chopped Salad

– Salmon                                                                                  – Mixed Black and Green Olives from Spain
– Hot Cornish Sea Salt                                                          – Cucumber
– Olive Oil                                                                                – Celery
– Red Wine Vinegar                                                               – Red Onion
– Yellow Peppers                                                                     – Tomatoes

This summer invite your friends and family for dinner with delicate but spice recipe made of salmon and Olives from Spain. A colourful recipe, not only easy to make but low in calories too.
Cut the salmon into quarters, sprinkle the surface of the salmon with the chilli salt and then leave in the fridge for an hour. Whisk the red wine vinegar and olive oil in a bowl, and season. Then add the salad ingredients and toss.
Heat the oven and set the salmon, skin-side down, on top. Spray with oil, and then bake for 10 minutes until it’s cooked through. Finally, serve with the salad and surprise your guests.

These five recipes are just the tip of the iceberg. Olives from Spain allow you a countless number of dishes to be made. Enjoy !

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Back to school with a boost of energy with these recipes

September 7, 2018

September bring us different mixed feelings. The end of the summer but the beginning of a new course. The weather starts to cool down from the summer high temperatures and we are willing to get home and enjoy a cozy dinner. Here we show you a couple of recipes made with Spanish ingredients for an extra boost in our way back to school.

Black Hojiblanca Olive Chip Biscuits
Level of difficulty: Medium                          Servings: 3 / 4 people                Prep Time: 45 minutes

– Minced Black Hojiblanca Olives                                   – Eggs
– Pastry Flour                                                                       – Baking Soda
– Sugar                                                                                   – Butter

Pour the flour in a bowl and add a spoon of baking soda. Separately in another bowl put together the butter (help yourself heating it a bit for a smooth performance) and the sugar for a perfect blend and the mix all together with an egg.
Once is all good mix, let’s leave it in the refrigerator for around 15 minutes and finally shape them into small balls to bake at 350º for 15 minutes.
A sweet you have never tried before will be ready !

Aubergine Paté
Level of difficulty: Medium                     Servings: 3 people                         Prep Time: 50 minutes
A roasted eggplant purée typical of Arabic, Mediterranean and Israeli cuisine also called babaganoush. Check it out !


– 1 large aubergine or 2 medium                                    – Olive oil
– 1 small clove of garlic                                                     – Gordal with peppers from Spain
– Tahini                                                                                – Pitted Hojiblanca Olives from Spain
– 1/2 lemon juice                                                                – Pitted Manzanilla Olives from Spain
– Cumin, salt and pepper

We start by wrapping the aubergines in tin foil and bake in the oven to 200ºC for 45′ until the aubergines are soft.
Once the aubergines are roasted, we wait for them to cool down. We put them in the blender together with the pitted manzanilla and hojiblanca olives from Spain and the rest of the ingredients; garlic, tahini, lemon juice, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper to taste.
In a different bowl add the delicious manzanilla olives stuffed with pepper together with the diced red onion. Mix with some olive oil and add it to the paté as a topping. Ready ! We have our aubergine pate !

Farm chicken confit with lemon and green olives

Level of difficulty: Medium                    Servings: 3/4 people                      Prep Time: 55 minutes

– 150g of green olive from Spain                                          – Olive Oil
– 1 farm chicken from 1.3 to 1.5 kg                                       – Butter
– 1 bouquet of thyme strawberry                                          – Water
– 8 garlic cloves                                                                        – Salt and Pepper

In a dish, place the chicken and coat it with soft butter. Then season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Cut 2 lemons into thick strips and slide inside and on the sides of the chicken. Add the fresh thyme and the garlic cloves. Surround everything with olives. Finally, pour a drizzle of olive oil and add a small glass of water. Now we bake for 2 hours.
PS: Don’t forget to water it regularly until is ready.

These easy and healthy recipes will give you the boost you need to star the new course with a high dose of energy, let’s go for it !

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Four places around Spain you can enjoy better in Autumn

September 12, 2018

Spain is famous for its long hot summers and amazing beach holidays, but that doesn’t mean the country shuts down for the rest of the year. Indeed, the best travelling in the country happens after the crowds head home.
If you are one of the lucky people who can spend even a simple holiday weekend in Autumn just keep an eye on the destinations we are going to show ahead.
The Spanish Autumn is not the same as in northern Europe. In the south and southeastern parts of Spain, from Murcia to Andalusia, the summer weather continues on until the end of October, reaching up to 30 degrees the hottest days.
From incredible hiking in the Pyrenees to visiting the subtropical forest in the Canary Islands. Autumns getaways!


You can swim in the Mediterranean sea well into October. In the southeast, the water temperatures stay warm for the longest. Those who want anything else than lay down on their towels and swim in the sea into autumn should check out the Murcia region at least once. Olives snack on the beach are still a reality there!
Average temperature: 18-30 degrees
Water temperature: 19-24 degrees


Almería is located at the far east of Andalusia and is less touristic, which makes it more charming. Those who travel to Almería during the Autumn time will find great hiking areas, interesting old villages whose architecture date back to the Moorish time. And guess what? Olives all around!

Ibiza is not purely party island, but like all the Balearic Islands is a true natural beauty. You can swim at the gorgeous beaches in Ibiza until mid-October or go on a tour to discover the island. In September, the thermometer often gets up to the 30-degrees. The ocean remains surprisingly warm around Ibiza and with a bit of luck, you still be able to swim into early November. On the other hand the late Autumn is much more ideal for hiking or cycling.


North Spain, Basque Country

Every year, the surfers of Spain and other parts of the world make their way to the Cantabric’s sandy beaches. In the Basque Country, you will find some of the best surf spots and beaches in Europe, which happens to be natural beaches with a few nearby buildings and mountains at the back.

Don’t be sad because the summer ends, be happy for the numerous possibilities Autumn offers you and in case of doubt, go for an
olive snack!