... that Spain is the largest olive growing area in the world (about 55% of the world market)?
... that about 80% of Spanish olives are grown in Andalusia and processed into olive oil?
... that high-quality pure olive oil has a slightly spicy and pungent taste?
... that Germans annually consume approximately 0.6 litres of olive oil per capita, whereas Spaniards in average consume 12-15 litres?
... that the greenish colour of gourmet oil comes about because the olives are harvested earlier, when they are still green? This is called the first cold pressing.
... that a high price does not necessarily mean a very good quality? Since many olive plantations lie on steep slopes (especially in Italy), the harvest is here much more costly, thus raising the final price of the oil.