SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, December 11 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Cabildo de Tenerife delivered this Saturday, in a ceremony held in the Plaza del Cristo in La Laguna, the prizes corresponding to the seventh edition of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Contest (EVOO), a contest that promotes the quality of Tenerife’s productions with the aim of increasing their sales and giving them greater notoriety among consumers.
The event, framed in the III Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fair of Tenerife, had the participation of the island’s president, Pedro Martín; the mayor of La Laguna, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez; the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Javier Parrilla, and the director of the Canarian Institute of Agrifood Quality, José Basilio Pérez.
Pedro Martín delivered the Gran Oliva de Oro to Oleoteide, from the Sociedad Cooperativa Cumbres de Abona, for its mixture-blend 20 percent Arbequina, 40 percent Picual and 40 percent Arbosana.
The president praised the quality of the samples presented and celebrated “the veteran and young faces” of the winners and participants. “Thank you very much for this push, for being the pioneers, because I am sure that you are sowing the seeds of what will be, I hope, a revolution for Tenerife in the agricultural sector,” he said.
Luis Yeray Gutiérrez thanked the Cabildo “that this fair can be found again in La Laguna.” Likewise, he vindicated the importance “of transversal work between administrations” and was convinced “that the future can only be carried out if we bet directly on the local product and the agriculture of our island.”
José Basilio Pérez congratulated the Cabildo for organizing the contest, “as it allows us to value the importance of this product, not only in Tenerife, but also at the regional level.” In the same way, he emphasized “the boom that this crop has had in the last ten years” and valued “its contribution to the development of our economy and the creation of employment.”
The Oliva de Oro went to Legado de Abona, with a monovarietal Arbequina oil, and the four Olivas de Plata were awarded to the Oleoteide (Abona) brands, for a monovarietal koroneiki; Trevejos (Vilaflor), for an arbequina oil; Oleomar (Arico), for its blend-blend 75 percent Arbequina and 25 percent Picual; and Oleoarona (Arona), for its mixture-coupage 50 percent koroneiki, 25 percent frantoio and 25 percent picual. In addition, the Tomillo brand, from Áridos Herrera (Arico), won the award for the best presentation.
A total of 25 samples participated in this edition. Eighteen competed for the quality awards and seven competed for the best presentation award.
In Tenerife there are about 70 hectares of olive groves, mainly located in the south and southeast of the island, although there are also some farms in La Laguna and Tacoronte.
In the last year, the 13 oil mills on the island have processed around 200,000 kilos, which resulted in some 30,000 liters of extra virgin olive oil. Javier Parrilla remarked that it has been a particularly good year, “with spectacular flowering and very good fruit set”. In addition, “there has been a low incidence of pests, such as the olive fly, and many of the younger olive groves have begun to produce, which has also contributed to the increase in total production,” he concluded.
The awards ceremony took place within the framework of the III Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fair of Tenerife, which is held today from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Plaza del Cristo. The event has 13 stands, where attendees can taste, learn about and purchase oils from the island. There will be a culinary demonstration by pastry chef Jesús Camacho, from the Donaire restaurant.
The entities present with an exhibitor are: Almarosa, La Atarjea, Montaña La Estrella, Oleoteide, Flor de Afife, El Tomillo, Oleomar, Mieles de Abona, Lercaro, Legado de Abona, Cooperativa La Candelaria-Quesería de Benijos, Oro Volcánico and Oleoarona .