Excellent conditions for growing Mediterranean olive tree together with the olive variety grown in this area of the province of Granada make the extra virgin olive oil obtained is of high quality. The varieties under the Appellation of Origin "Poniente de Granada" are: Hojiblanca, Picual (also called Martene), Billfish, Lucio or Illoreño, Nevadillo Alhama de Granada and Loaime. The last three varieties are native to the area. The first four varieties described are considered commercially important.
The oils obtained are moderately stable thanks to its high concentrations of polyphenols. The aroma and flavor of fresh fruit or mature, depending on the time of collection. It can be slightly bitter and spicy, or sweet. And the color varies within the range of yellow-green to golden yellow, depending on when the olives have been harvested and the geographical area of the Denomination of Origin.
Another feature of this name on other denominations is that the extra virgin olive oil comes from olives obtained from the olive variety grown in the production area.
The number of trees per hectare is 60 to 120 and with a number of feet per tree from 2 to 3. Predominantly rainfed olive farmers are environmentally friendly.
The olive tree is collected directly or by shaking, mechanical vibration or by combining the two methods.
The olives are taken to the mills on the same day of collection to remove the oil by modern centrifuge methods.
The Control Board certifies the quality of extra virgin olive oil. To this end they begin tracking the product in the same plot where the olive trees and continues to packaging of the oil. Also responsible for the promotion and protection of the name "West of Granada. "
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