Published in YOMIURI
(...) Traveling through southern Spain, you'll come across sprawling olive farms. Spanish olive oil is born from fresh olives grown in the sunshine.
In fact, Spain is the number one producer and exporter of olive oil in the world. That's why you can't talk about Spanish food culture without mentioning olive oil.
Olive oil is one of the seasonings for Spanish people. It can be used in a wide variety of ways, such as just adding it to salads to bring out the taste of foods, —or adding flavor to stir-fried dishes or lightly flavored dishes. It's a basic taste like "soy sauce" or "dashi" for Japanese people. (....)