By Great British Chefs
Olive oil has been the lifeblood of European cooking for two millennia now, and when it comes to olive growing, few countries can claim the same heritage as Spain. For starters, Spain boasts the largest expanse of olive trees in the world – nearly 300 million trees carpet the Spanish countryside, from north to south, east to west. The majority of these groves are concentrated in the centre and south of the country where the mountainous relief and long, scorching summers are perfect for olive cultivation, but wherever you go in Spain, you’re never far from an olive tree.
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