ALENTEJO

Alentejo - beyond Tagus (river) - situated in southern Portugal, lies a historical plain, land of ancient culture marked by great farms where traces of romans, visigoths and arabs can be seen. In Alentejo, the olive tree was introduced by the Fenician and fiercely cultivated by the romans.

It became one of the noble species of the region, source of income for the people of Alentejo and a economic competitive factor. It is on the plains of Alentejo that 50% of olive groves can be found, and this says a lot about the local importance of this tree's affection for rocky soils and extreme climatic conditions. In Portugal, Alentejo is synonimous to wine, wheat, cork... and Olive Oil!

Since the old times it is one of the products of excellence of the region, as well as the means of subistence, culture and way of life for the people of Alentejo... This region has a great and well preserved historic and archtitectural wealth and a very frank and hospitable population.

Its gastronomy features a great diversity of strong and sensariol flavours of which olive oil is an integrant part. It preserves and respects, while it helps to disclose the true flavour of every dish. Olive oil is used in the majority of Alentejo's dishes.

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