One of the most popular olives in Spain, and especially in the Valencian region, is the Alfafarenca variety. It originates from the town of Alfafar, where it has been cultivated for more than 100 years, and little by little it has spread throughout the Valencian Community, thus becoming one of the most outstanding varieties due to the flavor and quality of its oil.
It is characterized by the elliptical shape of its olive, which has a color between green and dark purple, depending on its degree of maturity. Its oil has an intense and fruity flavor, with bitter and spicy touches, perfect to accompany any dish.
This variety of olive has a large amount of polyphenols and oleic acid, which is why it has important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. As has been shown, regular consumption of this type of oil helps reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, being a perfect ingredient to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
Regarding its use in the kitchen, the oil of the Alfafarenca variety is very versatile, being able to be used for sweet and savory dishes. Due to its soft and delicate flavor, this oil is perfect to accompany salads, or cook stews, meat and fish. It is also very typical to use it to prepare desserts and sweets typical of the Valencian region, as well as to give flavor and aroma to one of its star dishes: paella.
For all this, thanks to the appreciated quality and flavor of the oil of the Alfafarenca variety, as well as its multiple culinary uses, makes this oil one of the most valued by experts. If you haven't had a chance to try it yet, feel free to do so.