Sevilla is our home and the home of the olives we produce. From the knowledge of generational teachings and decades of work, we have learnt to understand that our olives are special because they are part of the place where they come from; the roots also bring nourishment from the people and their history.
It is very important that the olives are grown in a manner that respects the environment and promotes traditional values of agriculture, supporting biodiversity.
Our main varieties —manzanilla and gordal— are a good example of the climate, the landscape and its people present in the quality of the final product.
Working together we are growing and creating an authentic, exceptional olive. Manzanilla Olive is positioned as a Sevillian identity that echoes, through its products, the values of the land.
Sevilla has special characteristics that encourage and motivate us to preserve the unique qualities that its olives show.
Biodiversity as a value
Not until the beginning of the 90´s did it become evident that the biodiversity of plants and animals are important for the good functioning of our ecosystems.
- Agreement on biological diversity
- Int. Treat. about plant genetic resources for food and agriculture
We feel proud in Manzanilla Olive of contributing to the maintenance of biodiversity. Our farmers have been cultivating for many years, more than 20 varieties of olive trees that have different uses and functions. Without a doubt, these traditional varieties contribute to the biological diversity of our ecosystems.
Manzanilla Olive Group has given it support from the very beginning to the promotion and preservation of our traditional olive varieties, Manzanilla and Gordal from Sevilla. First through the Association for the Promotion of Olives from Seville (APAS) and from 2019 through the PGI Manzanilla Olive from Seville and PGI Gordal Olive from Seville.
These are European Quality indications that make a distinction to High Quality and tradition preservation.
The aim of the PGIs is to create added value and recognition to the traditional table olive farming in Seville. Growers, producers, packers and the rest of the sector are struggling to have better options for our future.
At the same time, consumers have the guarantee that any olive labelled with PGI has been grown and produced in the province of Seville, manually harvested, cooked in Sevillian style and produced under the highest standards of quality.
For further information, please, visit: http://www.igpmanzanillaygordaldesevilla.org/
There are 480.000 hectares of olive trees grown to produce table olives in Andalucia
(Libro Blanco de los RRFFGG, 2009)