‘Unknown’ Morocco – with a rich heritage in in producing high quality extra virgin olive oil
Nestling in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, the Beni-Mellal region, about 200km from Marrakesh, produces olive oils of nationwide reputation, but are currently little known outside of Morocco – until now. The quality of the olive oil produced in Morocco is now being recognised through a recent survey by the International Olive Oil Council.
MOROCCO: A LONG HERITAGE
With a long heritage of growing olives, Morocco has been producing this ‘liquid-gold’ from the time of the Romans.
The area benefits from a unique micro-climate ideal for extra virgin olive oil production, mild winters, and warm, dry summers. Long considered a ‘noble’ food by its local population, the region’s award winning olive oils now enjoy a national reputation.
A RICH HERITAGE IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL PRODUCTION
Centenary trees and traditional maasras (presses) testify to the centuries of olive cultivation .
Morocco is now the fourth largest producer of olive oil in the world. It is also free from the blight that has devastated large areas of EU producer countries.
WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE
Empowering women and helping reduce poverty
Morocco Gold is produced by a cooperative which activity encourages women into agriculture. The agriculture sector in Morocco employs about 40% of the nation’s workforce, making it the largest employer in the country. Women make up around 43% of this workforce.