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Spain Loves Olive Oil

Posted on: October 28th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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Olive oil is synonymous with Spain and its cooking culture. It finds use in virtually every Spanish dish and imparts a vibrant flavour to food. As with all natural products, olive oil varies dependant on where and when the harvest takes place. For example, olives harvested early in the season will produce a stronger and more bitter oil. If they are harvested later in the year, the resulting oil will be smoother and have a more buttery texture.

Oil producers use various methods to advertise their products, so it is worth considering what you are buying when making a choice. The best grade is ‘ Extra Virgin’ Olive oil as this has not been refined or blended. There are strict regulations regarding oil production and it is worth noting that Virgin oils must be processed naturally without the use of solvents and cannot be mixed with other oils. For this reason, Virgin oils are the best choice.

There are many Spanish olive varieties available, with Manzanilla being the best known. Grown in Andalusia, it is a juicy green olive that is served pitted and stuffed with pimento or garlic. The Manzanilla is also commonly served with a Martini. There are other varieties which include Empeltre, Sevillano, Arbequina, Picual and the Hojiblanca. Each variety has its use and individual flavour so there are plenty of options when choosing the Olive oil that suits your palate and your needs.

Using Olive oil in your daily diet is the healthy option. As a naturally produced product, it contain no additives or preservatives and is free from cholesterols. The fact that it is so natural means that Olive oil is not only an excellent alternative to refined oils for cooking, it can be used for a variety of dressing and can be infused with many different vegetables and leaves to enhance further its flavour.

The Spanish love their Olives and produce some of the finest oils available. Take your time when choosing an oil and try a selection of varieties before making your decision. Always buy Virgin or Extra Virgin Olive oil as it is the purest and the best. When you buy your Spanish Olive oil, you are bringing some of the beautiful Spanish sun into your home.

Cooling Off – Majorca In Autumn

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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Majorca in Spain is a year-round destination, with hot summers and mild winters. Autumn brings the much needed rain, and as it’s cooler, fewer visitors tend to travel to this resort from September onwards. This is the perfect time to take advantage of discount flights and low hotel rates. The temperature stays at a comfortable 25 degrees Celsius during the day, and at night, it gets down to 10 degrees.

Autumn is the ideal time for visiting some of the best museums in Majorca. Head down to Deia, a quaint village tucked away on the mountains, where you can explore the art galleries and take part in art classes. Across the island, there are many international concerts, which are always highly anticipated in Palma.

If you’re spending a week in Majorca, it would be a good idea to explore the Serra de Tramuntana by bike. This mountain range has been made a World Heritage Site because of the amazing techniques used to develop its farming sector. Take a ride to a few wineries in this area where you can enjoy local Spanish traditions.

This island always has something to discover, no matter how many times you have already visited it. There is a vast range of luxury and budget hotels scattered around the lush countryside as well as on the coastline. A day’s cycling will also take you to the olive farms and meat factories, where you can learn how to make the traditional Majorcan pork sausage.

The traditional recipes of Majorca are adapted to suit modern tastes. You can find many popular and chic restaurants on the island serving authentic Spanish dishes. In the mountain villages, you will come cross some of the tastiest delis in Palma. No trip to Spain is complete without sampling the local Majorcan dishes.

Once you’ve satisfied your taste buds, why not take a plunge into the deep-blue sea. In autumn, when olive and grape harvests take place, you will find lots of visitors heading down to hidden coves for a swim or taking part in the fruit harvests.
The best thing about Majorca is that it’s busy with tourists all year round. If you just want to relax on the beach, you can do so, even in autumn months. This is the perfect time to take advantage of low rates and get a feel of real life in the Balearics.