From its humble origins in the eastern Mediterranean several thousands of years ago, the olive is at present cultivated on every continent across the globe.
At present, Spain is the world’s largest producer of olive oil. During a good harvest, Spain accounts for 60 percent of total global production. An average figure however is about 45%, then followed by Italy with 20 percent, Greece 13 percent, Turkey 5 percent, Syria 5 percent, Tunisia percent, Morocco 3 percent, and Portugal 1.5 percent.
Spain’s hot and stable summer climate is ideal for producing harvests of olives and normally the country is easily the globe’s largest producer of olive oil. The southern inland provinces of Jaen and Cordoba in Andalucia, account for almost 50 percent of the country’s total olive oil production.