Since we are five weeks back into business after our winter stop, the first thirtyfive breakfasts have been consumed by our guests. We often get remarks about the quality of the fruit on it, this has nothing to do with us of course, just Spain has probably more to offer in food and drink arena that most people would expect. This thanks to overall lack of marketing of Spanish products abroad. Spain is a country with a strong food and wine history but often underestimated; at a glance you can get a feel for how important Spain is, to Europe particularly, by seeing some of today’s main data in a nutshell.
It is indisputably the country in which vineyards occupy the greatest land area (1,1 million ha being 15% of the world’s total) and the biggest exporter of the stuff. As mentioned before in this blog Spain with over 320 million olive trees is the number one producer of olive oil at 37% of world production (twice as much as #2), with 75% of that coming from Andalusia.
But there is more, according to Worldwide (FAO Stats), the country is also:
- The number one producer and exporter of olive oil and extra virgin olive oil.
- The number one producer and exporter of table olives.
- The number one exporter of strawberries.
- Second in production of almonds (with shell).
- Second in production of tangerines and mandarins.
- Second in production and exportation of preserved fish and seafood.
- Second in production and exportation of mussels.
- Third in production of artichokes.
- Fourth in production of lettuce and chicory.
- Fourth in production of pork.
- Fifth in production of cherries.
- Fifth in production of grapes.
- Fifth in production of peaches and nectarines.
So who said that you had to come to here for, nature, culture, climate, outdoors etc????