Protected Designation of Origin

Memory Regulatory Council of the Protected Designation of Origin "Aceite del Bajo Aragón"
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Designations of Origin are a manner of ensuring the unique quality of an oil or a foodstuff. They are a distinctive sign, defined by the European Union, to guarantee that a product fulfils certain quality conditions, and also acquires exclusive properties determined by the geographical and climate environment of the area where the product has been manufactured in a traditional and specific way. Thus, a Designation of Origin cannot be created. The competent authorities will be responsible for recognising its existence and the link between a name, a regional area, and a concrete quality product.

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Oils protected under a Designation of Origin must always comply with a series of specifications that will be controlled by a Regulatory Council. In addition, a label will guarantee the fulfilment of the conditions and, therefore, the quality of the product. In this case, only those products that pass the chemical and taste tests will be deserving of the distinction.

In Aragon, there is a production of 1.5% of the total amount of virgin oil in Spain. However, only extra virgin olive oil is certified with the Protected Designation of Origin “Aceite del Bajo Aragón”, which represents a 10% of the total production of the region.

What we cannot infer from figures is the long tradition of olive cultivation in the three provinces of Aragon, being Teruel the most productive one. EMPELTRE is, with no doubt, the most emblematic olive of the region. This soft and delicate fruit delights the palate with wonderful oils and is also appropriate for processing as table olive. Royal de Alloza and Arbequina olives are also widespread.