06 Jun A new region in Spain has received PGI
On May 19, 2020, the EU Commission approved the addition of a new protected Geographical Indication for olive oil produced in the southern Spanish region of Jaen. This marking guarantees not only the authenticity of origin from the specified region, but also the traditional method of manufacturing the product, the ecological purity of the region, etc. It also protects manufacturers from counterfeiting and increases the value of the region on a global level.
90% of the olive trees growing in this region are of the picual variety. Picual generally takes the leading position from the total volume of olives grown, not only in Spain, but also in the world, due to its high oil content (25-27% of the fruit weight). Local varieties of Manzanilla de Jaen, Royal de Cazorla and Carrasqueno de Alcaudete are also cultivated in Jaen.
For PGI, the chemical and organoleptic criteria of olive oil are also defined, such as the maximum acidity of 0.5%, the total amount of polyphenols 300 mg/kg, the average fertility score of more than 3 and the acceptable average bitterness score of 3 to 6.5. Remember the first of these numbers. Good Extra Virgin olive oil should have a maximum acidity of 0.8%