Olive oil, an essential in Mediterranean food

Vegetables and vegetables are the basis of any Mediterranean meal

Mediterranean food is famous throughout the world and many people travel to Mediterranean countries to try the best dishes that this type of cuisine offers. As you already know, even doctors consider the Mediterranean diet to be one of the most complete and varied, the most recommended for good nutritional health. Spain is positioned as one of the most recognized and appreciated Mediterranean food countries in the world, due to the quality and freshness of our raw materials and the use that we make of all of them on a social and culinary level. But do you know which are those products that cannot be missing from Mediterranean food ? Coming up next, we tell you!

Olive oil, an essential in Mediterranean food

Olive oil is the great ally for cooking and seasoning many of the dishes that are typical of Mediterranean food. The cultivation of the olive tree is one of the oldest in Spain and is unique in this country. There are many virtues that olive oil brings to our health. Some of them are its amount of oleic acid - a super antioxidant - and its vitamins. Numerous medical studies have shown that it helps prevent diseases and improves the lipid profile, that is, it reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. The most beneficial for health is extra virgin olive oil, which is not refined and - therefore - does not lose its protective abilities.

In addition, its exquisite flavor gives added value to each dish . It is used both for cooking and for seasoning, although it should not be abused, taking into account its high calorie content, just a 10 ml tablespoon is 90 kcl.

One of the gastronomic pleasures most typical of Mediterranean food is, before meals or between courses, taking a slice of bread and adding a “drip” of extra virgin olive oil. This is where you will notice the true richness of its flavor and you will be able to enjoy it 100%.

Vegetables and vegetables are the basis of any Mediterranean meal

Vegetables and vegetables star in many of the typical dishes of Spanish cuisine . In the “paella” they are present in the typical sauce made from tomato, red pepper, green pepper and olive oil. And in “gazpacho” the vegetables are the base of the mixture.

Some of the most typical and typical of the Mediterranean diet are those with bright colors such as carrots, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, cabbages or some herbs such as parsley.

In general, vegetables provide us with many benefits from a nutritional point of view. They regulate intestinal transit and stand out for their high water, vitamin and mineral content. We invite you to add them to your daily life, they will provide you with many nutrients and, in addition, you can cook endless recipes from them. Go ahead and prepare some of the ones we propose on Enrique Tomás' blog !

Let's not forget Spanish ham , a treasure within Mediterranean food. Ham is a symbol of Spanish cuisine and a gastronomic attraction throughout the world. It is a star product that cannot be missing in practically all kitchens and restaurants in our country and we ingrain it in our culture as an essential icon. As we say in Enrique Tomás, ham is nothing more and nothing less than “a pork leg cured with salt and time.” We highlight the Iberian ham as our star product, coming from the Iberian pig, typical of the Iberian Peninsula. This type not only attracts us because of the name itself, but - once we try it - it is its intense and addictive flavor that conquers us. Find out which ones we offer you in our online store.



Mediterranean food is understood as the set of typical dishes and preparation methods found in the Mediterranean basin. Some of the main ingredients that star in this type of cuisine are olive oil, bread, pasta and wine. In addition to vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes, fish, meat, dairy products and eggs.


Mediterranean cuisine should not be confused with the Mediterranean diet. Mediterranean cuisine encompasses ways in which some ingredients are treated in cooking, whether healthy or not. On the other hand, when we talk about the Mediterranean diet we are referring to the combination of these ingredients with a beneficial purpose for health.


Mediterranean food is spread throughout the world and the products it contains can be found in many countries. Nowadays, one of the advantages of globalization is that the world is getting smaller and the distances are shorter so we can find Mediterranean gastronomic products everywhere and Spanish chefs all over the planet. Even so, obviously, the best Mediterranean cuisine is found in Mediterranean countries like Spain, which offer the best quality of raw materials and a local and popular product. Travel to Spain and enjoy its gastronomic culture. We will wait for you!


Some of the star products of Mediterranean food are olive oil, vegetables, ham, wine, cereals and legumes.