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08/09/2020

The charm of olive groves in the villages of Agro Sevilla

Agro Sevilla
 

Andalusia finds a large part of its sense of identity in the olive grove. Olive trees are a fundamental element of the characteristic appearance of the Andalusian countryside, as they are in the rural economy and way of life of its towns and villages. Agro Sevilla contributes to preserving the landscape of olive groves and promoting rural development in Andalusia, through the cultivation, elaboration and distribution of olives and olive oil. Something made possible thanks to the daily efforts of the more than 4.000 associated farmers from our 12 cooperatives.

The olive grove deserves to be discovered by those who don’t know it, its beauty and authenticity provoking love at first sight. It is an ecosystem of undoubted environmental, scenic, as well as cultural and socioeconomic interest, which defines our communities, adding an excellent, sustainable tourist asset to Andalusia’s  splendid, treasured heritage. But what is the land that gave birth to this product admired throughout the world like ?

Olive-growing communities in the heart of Andalusia

Agro Sevilla has cooperatives in the municipalities of Casariche, Badolatosa, Alameda, Herrera, Martín de la Jara, Gilena, El Saucejo, Puente Genil, Utrera, Écija, Lora de Estepa and La Roda de Andalucía. 

These towns are distributed among the provinces of Seville, Málaga and Córdoba, and in many aspects represent the essence of Andalusia. Places that exude authenticity, tranquility, closeness and simplicity. And, despite this atypical summer, with festivities affected, there are many attractions on offer for the visitor, with a multitude of enclaves to enjoy rural tourism and disconnect from daily problems, discover its scenic charm, historic heritage, culture and fine gastronomy.

Casariche is a typical andalusian town from the province of Seville, with fields bathed in olive trees and wheat. With respect to gastronomy, olive oil is very much to the fore in typical dishes from the town, such as ‘salmorejo’ and ‘las migas’, as well as marinated olives. The Cooperativa Olivarera de Casariche S.C.A is located in this area, well known for its production of olives for table olives and olive oil, and forming part of important socio-economic development in the area. Casariche has a unique landscape where the quarrying of stones has been carried out since the Roman era and is currently an area dedicated to leisure, sporting and educational activities, where a beautiful olive-growing landscape reigns. The regions’ Roman legacy has yielded important finds such as the  ‘Mosaico Juicio de Paris’.

Badolatosa is a small Sevillian town situated in the most eastern part of the province on the banks of the river Genil. A place linked to the romanticism of the world of bandits, which can be explored via the route of ‘José María El Tempranillo’. Badolatosa is a predominantly agricultural town, with olive trees offering the most prominent crop. Hojiblanca is the most abundant variety followed by manzanilla. The cooperative Olivarera del Genil S.C.A can be found here, and Badolatosa also has two natural sites noted for their ecological and scenic interest, Malpasillo and Cordobilla. 

The town of Alameda in Malaga is another place full of charm. Among its main attractions, the important archeological sites stand out as well as the ‘Laguna de la Ratosa’, declared a nature reserve.  Alameda is one of Agro Sevilla’s towns due to the cooperative called La Purísima Concepción de Alameda S.C.A that specialises in table olives and olive oil using the hojiblanca olive variety. 

Herrera, is a Sevillian town with a lot of history, inhabited by iberians, romans and arabs who left numerous archeological remains. It is fundamentally a place of agriculture and livestock with olive groves and oil production an industrial tradition.  The cooperative Agropecuaria de Herrera is found here, dedicated to the elaboration of table olives and extra virgin olive oil. The predominant variety among the olive groves is the hojiblanca olive, although others are produced such as the manzanilla, marteña and arbequina among others. 

Martín de la Jara is located in the south of the province of Seville. It is a rural community known for its olive-growing landscape and the production of quality olive oil and olives. Agro Sevilla’s cooperative in Martín de la Jara is called Agrojara S.C.A and was created following the merger of two cooperatives - Ntra. Sra del Rosario S.C.A and Comarcal olivarera de Aceitunas “Jara” S.C.A, specialised in table olives and olive oil. The latest implementation at this cooperative is the use of technology in olive colour selection for later classification. 

Gilena, a Sevillian municipality surrounded by olive groves and wheatfields. This town has solid experience in quality olive production, after 40 years and various awards gained by the cooperative Olivarera San Isidro de Gilena S.C.A. The karst landscape of this area also boasts unparallelled views from the Sierra of Gilena.  

El Saucejo, a town situated in a strategic location during the Reconquest, which preserves structures from the arabic era, as well as christian parish churches and hermitages. This Sevillian town has idyllic areas to fully enjoy nature in beauty spots such as the ‘Peñón de Algámita’s or ‘La Gomera’. The cooperative found in this town is called Ntra. Sra del Rosario del Saucejo and is characterised by its agricultural diversity with table olives, olive oil and cereals. Over 9.000 hectares of land are cultivated with the Hojiblanca, Picual, Lechín, Manzanilla and Arbequina olive varieties. 

The Cordobese town of Puente Genil presents two kinds of landscape. On the one hand, ‘la campiña’, populated with olive groves, and on the other ‘la vega’, full of vegetable fields where its famous quince is grown. Puente Genil has two natural areas of great interest (la Laguna de Tíscar and el Paraje Natural del Embalse de Cordobilla) as well as a notable monumental heritage. Agro Sevilla is represented by the cooperative Ntra.Sra. de los Desamparados, which has undertaken improvements in the modernization of its installations in recent years, such as the implementation of an integrated production system for the verdeo olive. The olive varieties cultivated by this cooperative are the hojiblanca and the marteña. 

Utrera, Sevillian town considered the cradle of flamenco, situated between La Campiña and the marshes of the Guadalquivir. Its decorated narrow white streets conquer any visitor, as does its gastronomy, with its typical confection: the “mostachón”. Agro Sevilla is also present in this locality thanks to Utreace, a cooperative which focuses mainly on the gordal variety and works on future projects, such as research into this fruit in its experimental olive grove, laboratory and training rooms. 

Écija, this Sevillian municipality is also known as the “town of 11 towers”, the majority of them built in the XVIII century, religious in character and baroque in style. The cooperative Agropecuaria Industrial (CAPI) can be found in this locality, where the Arbequina, Picual and Hojiblanca olive varieties are processed. The processing area is characterised by the presence of a double vision colour selector that permits the automatic separation of green, purple and black olives. 

Lora de Estepa is a small town in Seville province where the olive is the fruit par excellence. Its economy is based on agricultural production and consists mostly of olive groves of the Hojiblanca variety. In ancient times it was a Roman settlement and the town was given the name ‘Alauro’, of whose past remains are preserved such as the holy well, the Casariche road bridge and mosaics. Agro Sevilla is here with the cooperative Olivarera San José de Lora de Estepa, which has won awards on various occasions at both provincial and national level for the quality of its production. 

We conclude this tour of the olive towns of Agro Sevilla in La Roda de Andalucía. The landscape of this Sevillian municipality is notable for its plains covered with olive groves, which are the main source of income and wealth in the area. Its gastronomy is based on extra virgin olive oil and table olives. In this area the Agro Sevilla factory can be found, as well as the cooperative Agrícola Roda S.C.A, whose production is based above all on the Hojiblanca olive variety.