Extremadura : Extremadura devotes over 250000 Ha. of its region to growing olive trees,The local districts producing most olives are: Tierra de Barros in Badajoz and Gata-Hurdes in Cáceres.
Extra virgin olive oil from Extremadura is exceptional, ranging from pale yellow to dark green in colour, depending on the method used for its extraction and the ripeness of the olives pressed. Extremadura is the third Autonomous Community in terms of olive oil production, producing around 29 million kg. of oil. All extra virgin olive oils from Extremadura are of an unbeatable colour and flavour, with a great wealth of aromas and bouquets.
A large part of the rich culinary culture of Extremadura lies in the virtues of its oil, where it is essential in its most emblematic dishes: soups, casseroles, gazpachos, breadcrumbs, bread fritters or fried sweets. The traditional naturalness and wisdom of Extremadura housewives in their use of extra virgin olive oil explains the succulence of the recipes indicated and is nowadays used to highlight and differentiate the signature cuisine of their best restaurants . One of the cultural focal points in Extremadura, most of the University’s arts faculties are based here. Students make themselves felt in the city, though not quite as much as in Salamanca! Cáceres’ music scene is also thriving, driven by the annual WOMAD festival.