Despite some opposition, Manzanilla and Gordal olive varieties from Seville were finally granted a Protected Geographical Indication in Spain.
Manzanilla and Gordal Olive from Seville have been granted a transitory Spanish protection as Protected Geographical Indications (PGI,) the stage preceding their final admittance to the European Union’s registry of quality indications of origin.
The determination follows Andalusia’s Department of Agriculture, Fishing and Rural Development’s approval of the bylaws that will rule the Regulatory Council responsible for guaranteeing the quality and origin of these two PGIs that protect extra and prime quality table olives from Manzanilla and Gordal varieties from an area demarcated by 105 municipalities in the province of Seville and eleven in the province of Huelva.
Seville is the world’s top producer of table olives and the producer of 75 percent of Spain’s table olives. The province also concentrates the production of Gordal and of the majority of Spain’s Manzanilla production.
A very appreciated variety, Manzanilla has a round form, a pale color, a rather small size, thin skin and a good food pulp/stone ratio. It is symmetrical, and its pulp is easily separated from the stone. Gordal is larger in size, asymmetric, has an ovoid shape and much more pulp, albeit less oil content which makes it very apt for Seville-style dressings.
Manzanilla Olive from Seville and Gordal Olive from Seville are the green table olives from these two varieties, dressed in the traditional manner of their geographic region. Green olives dressed in Seville-style brine could be of three kinds: whole olives, pitted and stuffed.
Olives are hand-picked through “ordeño” system (hand picking each olive, one by one) before they are ripe, to prevent damage in the fruits. The suitable olives are then selected and classified according to their size, prior to being dressed Sevilla-style and washed. Preservation and storage based on whether they are whole, pitted or stuffed table olives follow and conclude the process. More
Further information about the PGI Sevillian Oil can be found here