Andalusia is one of the few areas of the world that can boast of enjoying a spectacular diversity of culinary products, from its lands and seas. It is privileged for the variety of its ecosystems that have allowed non-native species to develop with maximum guarantees of safety and quality.
Andalusian food is an unequivocal quality brand in all its manifestations. It is one of the great reasons for pride in our land.
Andalusia’s agri-food offer with differentiated quality is enriched with a variety of products from a wide range of sectors, including sweets and ingredients for the preparation of the most traditional dishes of Andalusian gastronomy to lamb, without forgetting, of course, to the fruit of the olive trees of Andalusia.
The olives that are harvested in Andalusia offer great quality both when used to make extra virgin olive oil, and to consume them seasoned. The excellence of the olives of the province of Malaga and its great recognition has led to the protection of this production under the Protected Designation of Origin ‘Aceituna Aloreña de Malaga‘, a mention that is added to the numerous quality designations that protect the precious juice of this food in Andalusia, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Since time immemorial, Andalusia has produced excellent and famous vinegars, without which much of the Andalusian identity and culture would not be understood. A singularity of Andalusian vinegars is their ageing by means of the traditional system of criaderas and soleras, which gives them unique organoleptic characteristics and opens up a world of pairing beyond the daily seasoning.
Precisely, the unique characteristics of Andalusian vinegars have led to the recognition of three Protected Designations of Origin for Vinegars: the PDO ‘Vinagre de Jerez’, the PDO ‘Vinagre del Condado de Huelva’ and the PDO ‘Vinagre de Montilla-Moriles’.
The tradition and the good work of Granada honey harvesters have made Granada honey a genuine product closely linked to Granada and Andalusia. Among the natural factors that have a direct influence on honey are the terrain, climate and typical vegetation of Granada, and among the human factors, the traditional transhumance routes that have been used by beekeepers in Granada for centuries.
Currently some 40,000 hives are scattered throughout valleys and mountain ranges, maintaining our rural fabric and encouraging the maintenance of biodiversity in our natural environment, thanks to the tireless work of bees through pollination. The Protected Designation of Origin `Miel de Granada’ covers 8 types of honey produced in the province and is adhered to by beekeepers and packers from Granada who comply with the traditional production process as set out in the Quality and Procedures Manual of its Regulatory Council.
Another product that has a distinctive quality are the raisins of Málaga. The Protected Designation of Origin ‘Pasas de Málaga’ covers raisins obtained by sun drying ripe fruits of the Muscat of Málaga or Muscat of Alexandria variety, harvested and dried in the region of La Axarquía or in the sub-region of Manilva.
The natural drying in the sun is the traditional way of drying the product in the ‘paseros’ or rush mats, so that it maintains its organoleptic characteristics that make it unbeatable in flavour, texture and colour. The result is a raisin with different characteristics in terms of taste, texture and colour, with a relatively large size, especially when compared to other raisins that can be found on the market such as sultanas or corinth.
In addition to the wide variety of products with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Andalusia also has a dozen food products protected by Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs), among which the preserves such as the ‘Melva de Andalucía’ and the ‘Caballa de Andalucía’ , along with the jewel of salted products such as the ‘Mojama de Barbate’ and the ‘Mojama de Isla Cristina’.
A wide selection that also includes the confectionery sector with ‘Alfajor de Medina Sidonia’ and ‘Mantecados de Estepa’, bakery ‘Pan de Alfacar’ and fruit and vegetable ‘Espárrago de Huétor-Tájar’ and ‘Tomate La Cañada’. Also protected by this figure are legumes such as the ‘Garbanzo de Escacena’ in Huelva or the ‘Cordero Segureño’ from the province of Granada. Without forgetting the recognition of ‘Brandy de Jerez’ and 16 Andalusian wines.