Olive oil is a food product used as seasoning which is produced from olive. Thus, it is an ancient food product that is common in the contemporaneous gastronomy, regular in the Mediterranean food and it is currently present in the majority of kitchens.
Apart from its benefits for human health, olive oil gives to food a particular flavor. Nowadays, the Mediterranean region is responsible for the olive oil world production, favored for its weather conditions, which enable the cultivation of olive trees due to the quantity of sun and dried weather.
Covered by that region, Portugal recognizably produces the best olive oil of the world and it was one of the first products to be exported by Portugal. During the discovery times of XV and XVI centuries, olive oil and wine already made part of the list of the exported products.
The reference to olive tree is very old in Portugal. Having methods of growing and cultivation of modern olive fields, Portugal makes part of the countries that produce olive oil and strongly invested in the methods of ultra modern olive oil extraction and production, which puts us on the first rank among the export countries. That is why our olive oil is together with wine the product that most contribute to our export balance trade.