The Olive Grove Viewpoints of UlldemolinsRuta oli Ulldemolins

Olive grove viewpoints is the name given to one of the activities undertaken within the project of VINOLEUM – Mediterranean Values. The Consortium for the Development of the Priorat and the Agricultural Cooperative of Sant Jaume Apòstol of Ulldemolins and their members have designed an itinerary to highlight the different working methods of the olive tree: organic, conventional and integrated production farming. This itinerary is aimed at people who wish to know more about the olive farming process. Throughout the itinerary, the visitor is allowed access to olive groves which are indicated with signs and information boards. These indicators show how each method of farming is different from the other.

The signed olive groves can be found in the area known as “La Garriga” which is close to the Natural Park of Montsant and the Prades Mountain Range. The landscape is abrupt and very dry due to lack of water during most part of the year. It is also characterised by the centenary olive trees which have adapted to this harsh climate of extreme heat in the summer.

This route is signed from in front ot Ulldemolins cooperative. The boards are in Catalan, but there is a leaflet to accompany them which has been translated into Spanish and English. Available at the Priorat Tourist Office in Falset and also at the Ulldemolins cooperative which has a very good information centre and shop.

10 Reasons for eating Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • It is the only oil which is obtained by purely mechanical methods.
  • It is in effect natural olive juice.
  • It is the most vitamin-rich of all the oils (vitamins E,A and D) and the only one with poly-phenols, highly effective natural anti-oxidants.
  • It is the healthiest of all the oils and also the easiest to digest.
  • It is a nutritious product. Despite its calories, some recent studies have started to suggest that it does not lead to weight gain.
  • It is beneficial to bone growth, brain development and the nervous system as it contains oleic acid.
  • It is perfect for circulatory and cardiovascular diseases and it also reduces cholesterol.
  • It is good for the skin thanks to its high content of vitamin E.
  • It is better for frying as it can reach temperatures of more than 180ºC
  • It is also cheaper as it can be used more than once.
  • It gives the best taste to sauces, salads, stews and is the only one which does not leave a greasy aftertaste after eating.

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