The Land and Climate of Bajo Aragón

"When we think of ‘land’, we think of the solid part of the earth’s surface that is not covered by the sea, of the ground that nurtures growing plants and flowers, of the place where we belong. One simple word can often be understood in many different ways. A word is not merely an arrangement of letters, but rather the meaning that together they convey. For us, the land is what defines us: it is our roots…‘nuestras raíces’."

"Mis Raíces Olive Oil" owes much of its exceptional quality to its native land – Bajo Aragón. Did you know that it is one of the best places in the world for olive cultivation? The climate is generally continental Mediterranean, with cold winters and hot, dry summers. This type of climate is primarily found in places that overall have a Mediterranean climate but which are some way from the coast. Such locations are characterised by long, cold winters and short, hot summers, as well as a marked contrast between day time and night time temperatures. The rainfall pattern is very similar to that of the typical Mediterranean climate, with maximum rainfall in spring and autumn. The less notable influence of the sea, however, means that the climate is drier than the typical Mediterranean one. It is common knowledge that the olive tree is especially well-suited to dry farming, so the features of this particular climate, far from hindering our olive cultivation, prove to be a great advantage.

Near Oliete, where our family’s main land is located, the ground reveals a special quality thanks to a very specific type of soil: albariza. Albariza soil is near-white and compacts to form chunks that help conserve rainwater in the subsoil, thus helping the olive trees thrive in times of drought. Strikingly white on the surface, a metre deep it takes on a yellowish tinge, becoming bluish at five metres deep. It is soft when moist but forms hard clods when dry. Rich in calcium carbonate, it has a clay texture that dries without cracking.

In high temperatures, it dries out and crusts over, forming a top layer that prevents evaporation and traps the absorbed water underneath. This moisture reserve contributes to the development of the olive tree roots, which can descend more than four metres into the soil, and allows the plant to conserve water for its survival. In addition to all these beneficial features, the light colour of the soil reflects the sunlight, providing the olives with additional exposure to the sun’s rays from below, thus boosting the proportion of sugars and ensuring a more even ripening of the fruits.

Leaving aside the technical aspects, the best thing is to try it for yourself and see that every drop of "Mis Raíces" contains the very essence of our land, because nothing can tell our story as well as this exceptional oil can.

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