For Olicatessen the olive tree is the big rooftree

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For Olicatessen the olive tree
is the big rooftree

The olive tree and its symbolism

The cultivated olive tree (the wild olive is a naturalized plant for millennia) appeared in the Mediterranean region some thousands of years after, in its place of origin, the Middle East, about 7,000 years ago. In Peloponnese (south of Greece), olive cultivation began around the 3rd century BC. After the sixteenth century, Europeans brought the olive tree to America.



To give the first good harvest, it can take 15 years, which is considered an adult tree. If the weather conditions are ditch, it may take about 20 years to give the first fruits.

It is for this reason, being a tree of “late production”, when a war ended and olive trees were planted, it was understood that there were times of calm and peace.

The dove of peace is an emblem that represents peace by a dove with an olive branch in its beak. It has its roots in the culture of the Mediterranean basin, both in the Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions and in the Greco-Roman culture. The single olive branch, as a symbol of victory and peace that happens, is still used as a symbol of peace.



It also means longevity, because they are trees that live for many years (they are even said to be immortal due to their capacity for regeneration); It is a symbol of resistance and renewal as they can withstand adverse conditions and grow back. It also symbolizes prosperity and fertility because of its abundance in flowers and fruit.

The olive tree in different cultures and religions
In Ancient Greece, for example, olive oil was considered sacred and was used to anoint kings and athletes. The leafy branches of the olive trees were a symbol of abundance, glory and peace and were used to crown the victors of friendly games or wars.

The olive tree is also one of the most representative trees of Druidism and with its oil, many rituals and sacred celebrations were performed, representing happiness and peace. In this case, the olive tree is related to the autumn equinox, and they say that those born in Mabon, this holiday, are very shy and reserved, they do not like violence, they are calm, cheerful, logical, warm, and excellent judges or lawyers For this reason and according to tradition, the olive tree is until today a symbol of justice and peace.



We also find the olive tree present in the Egyptian culture where its branches are a symbol of blessing and purification and we find them present in the tomb of Tutankhamun

The olive tree also has an important role in the Bible where it is mentioned more than 30 times in both the Old and New Testaments.

The olive tree in art
The olive tree is one of the most cited plants in the literature. In Homer’s Odyssey, for example, Ulysses crawls under two olive shoots.


In painting, many artists have also expressed olive trees in their paintings. Of the most outstanding we can find Vincent Van Gogh who devoted himself the last years with a great intensity. But also, other painters like Carlos de Haes, Rafael Zabaleta, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, William Merritt Chase, John Singer Sargent, El Greco or Henri Matisse.

There are a lot of popular songs that have the olive, the harvest and the olives as the main protagonist of their lyrics, and authors such as Joan Manuel Serrat and David Reig Delhom, have created great pieces.

Even the cinema has echoed with the movie El Olivo, by Icíar Bollaín

At Olicatessen, The rural architecture is natural

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At Olicatessen, The rural
architecture is natural

One of the pillars of our project is the conservation and recovery of rural architecture, so typical of our territory, Les Garrigues (Lleida).

The landscape has been modified over time, obviously depending on the needs that have been raised throughout our history, but the landscape explains many things and it is for this reason to keep it and avoid its destruction is important.

Our ancestors have left us booths, cabin turns, enjubs, margins, terraces … They were not built for themselves. Everything had a purpose.

arquitectura rural enjub


The main reason for the construction of all these elements was to take full advantage of the rainfall to ensure and increase agricultural production and stop natural erosion.

Many of the hills and mountains were modified centuries ago creating terraces. Our lands are dry with very little rainfall that a terrace architecture allows to optimize and take advantage of every drop that falls.

Catalan Encyclopedia:

MARGIN 2 esp AGR Edge of a terrain that forms a step or slope. 3 AGR Earth step, often with stones, used to separate two terraces of different levels or to avoid landslides.

TERRASSA f 1 1 Space of flat and more or less elevated terrain finished on one or more of its sides by a wall, a slope, or other unevenness.

ENJUB [Tank variant]  m Wall that defends a land from the floods

Olicatessen special? Because it is original!

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Olicatessen special,
Because it is original

We are farmers by family tradition (8th generation), producers by conviction (since 2005 we have our own mill). We control the entire process from the farms to the packaging. And above all … We are passionate about extra virgin olive oil.

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What type of oil is Olicatessen? and … why is it so special?

  • Medium-intense fruity of fresh and healthy olives with touches of vegetables, green almonds and tomato and green plantains.
    Complex in the mouth. It has a light and silky entrance, cullera olicatessen explosive as it gains temperature. The taste is reminiscent of old olive trees in areas with extreme weather.
    It is an oil with strong personality and presence. It is a sincere and “off-road” oil.
  • Collection: Early and manual, respecting the optimum moment of the olive. Grinding in less than 2 hours.
  • Elaboration: Extraction / cold milling and short whipping batidora
  • “Craft” process using current technology and suitable materials (stainless steel).
  • We decanter the oil instead of centrifuging to respect the vitamins and antioxidants
  • Storage in INOX separating depending on ripening, variety, farm …
  • Generation of 0 waste.
  • Varieties: Arbequina and old varieties recovered
  • Type of Cultivation: Traditional in dry land
Olivera centenaria

Olivera centenaria

  • Climatology: Sec. With harsh winters and dry summers. Strong thermal oscillations (night – day, winter – summer). little rainfall
  • Type of soil: Shallow and clayey soils.

Sometimes, few and clear words are better.

Olicatessen at the exhibition “Artists drive tractors”, in Niu Barcelona, from June 5 to July 21, 2019

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SARA Boldú Botam, photographer
Dates: from June 5 to July 21, 2019

‘Artists drive tractors’

SARA Boldú Botam


This photographic exhibition shows how human action, through agriculture, draws the landscape as a canvas. It is a tribute to the land and the peasantry from an artistic, visual and poetic point of view.

The video artist Sara Boldú Botam (Les Borges Blanques, 1977) has gone through the agricultural activity of several farmers to record the different stages and crops (pear, apple, peach, vine, barley, olives, almonds …). Plow, mow, prune, harvest, harvest … The land seen from the air, becomes a mosaic and the farmer in his artist.
Wednesday, JUNE 05 at 8:00 p.m.

A small sample ….


With Olicatessen on your plate the success is ensured

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With Olicatessen on your plate
the success is ensured


  1. Harvest method1er_dia_collita_nens_w
    As soon as you pick an olive, it starts to die. Certain enzymes become active and worsen the taste. Any damage makes it worse. Quality harvest is therefore done by hand while standing on a grid as to minimize the damage.
  2. Little time between pick and press
    It’s a traditional belief that olives should be pressed within 24 hours to keep quality. But we found that the sooner you press, the better the taste. That’s why we take each batch from every tree to the mill immediately. Maximum time between pick and press is maximum of 2 hours. THAT’S AN ESTATE OIL!
  3. Early harvest oliva arbequina
    When you sell by the kilo, you want to wait until the olive is very mature, so you get higher performance. If you want great taste, you harvest when the olives have just start ripening. We love them green…
  4. Press under 24º
    The lower the temperature, the higher quality you get. By law, ‘cold pressed’ oil must be pressed beneath 27º – the limit at which vitamins, polyphenols and phenols survive. However, the warmer you press, the more oil comes out of the olives. And since there’s in no way proof of the press temperature afterwards, this aspect might be tempting for some…
    We, at our mill, press between 14º and 24º.
  5. Low acidity
    Acidity (indicating free fatty acid content) shows to what extend the oil is ‘affected’ by any means. This could be from bad olives, improper milling or inadequate storage. Regulation allows oils with acidity up to 0,8 to be named Extra Virgin. This designation is by many seen as a criterion for quality. We think it’s a pretty broad criterion though, since real quality oils have an acidity of 0,1 or max 0,2.
  6. Estate oil diposits_olicatessen
    Olicatessen comes from one estate having its own mill. That’s important to know, since only under these conditions the process can be perfected to the last detail.
  7. Organic…of course
    If our intention is to make a great quality olive oil, it must also be great on the whole, don’t you agree? Great to health, to the palate, to the environment and to our territory. We see this not only as a matter of coherence but as our responsibility too.