Top Olive Oil Producing Countries

Name the 20 countries that produce the most olive oil.
For 2014, according to FAO
Hint: Think about countries that border a certain sea
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Metric Tons
Country
1,740,000
Spain
295,000
Italy
209,000
Greece
180,000
Tunisia
137,000
Morocco
101,000
Syria
73,900
Turkey
Metric Tons
Country
66,500
Portugal
52,400
Algeria
28,100
Argentina
23,000
Jordan
20,300
Egypt
19,200
Lebanon
15,800
Israel
Metric Tons
Country
15,600
Chile
15,000
Libya
10,700
United States
5,930
Australia
4,900
France
2,770
Iran
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Level 77
Dec 15, 2016
very interesting! God knows where Syria (or Libya) is now ...
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Level 66
Dec 17, 2016
true! and sad...
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Level 77
Jul 28, 2019
Still no updates about that ...
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Level 47
Mar 17, 2020
Yeah they used to be the biggest producer of olive oil but due to war and terrorism, they starting to go down.
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Level 63
Feb 28, 2017
Italian and Greek olive oil are rather famous but Spanish olive oil? They produce more metric tons than both Italy and Greece combined yet I can't recall that I ever purchased Spanish olive oil. They probably sell it where I shop since they have tons of different types of cooking oil there but it never stood out to me.
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Level 64
Feb 28, 2017
I've seen a lot of Spanish olive oil where I live. I guess they export it to some places and not to others.
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Level 80
Feb 28, 2017
I've had Spanish olive oil, as well.
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Level 75
Feb 28, 2017
If by chance you ever go around JaƩn in Andalusia, you could see the scale of the Spanish production. I think it's by far the biggest olive field in the world, it's really mind blowing. If you want quality, buy French of Greek oil, Spain is more about mass production, even if you can also find some totally respectable oils right there. Drawbacks, French and quality Greek olive oils are expensive as hell.
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Level 78
Feb 28, 2017
Goya is one brand of Spanish olive oil that is common in my area.
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Level 72
Feb 28, 2017
My mother bought her olive oil by the gallon and it was always Spanish. Huge metal tins of the stuff.
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Level 41
Aug 12, 2017
Italy buys a lot of olive oil from Spain and labels it as it was produced there. Also I'm surprised you havent heard about Spanish oil, as it is usually said as one of the best.
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Level 55
Oct 10, 2019
I've been to Andalusia a few years ago and we took the Bus from Malaga to Granada. When I looked out of the window all I could see were olive trees as far as the eye could see.
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Level 38
Oct 10, 2019
As a Spaniard this is rather offensive, but I guess you must be American, Spanish culture is not well known over there.
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Level 65
Oct 13, 2019
As an American, this is rather offensive.
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Level 63
Feb 20, 2020
I'm European... if you want to know. Maybe I'm not an olive oil expert but that's my experience and it hasn't changed. I've never been to the Spanish mainland. And I still buy a very delicious Greek olive oil.
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Level 39
Sep 23, 2020
Chances are you have purchased Spanish olive oil, but branded as Italian or Greek. In fact, Italy is the one of the main importers of olive oil in the world... from Spain. They just bottle it and put their sticker, and they are just obliged to state that it is oil from "the European Union".
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Level 67
Feb 28, 2017
The Generali Geeks approve of this quiz.
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Level 68
Feb 28, 2017
I started filling blanks with countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Venezuela... it's only after too much time that I realized the quizz was about OLIVE oil... facepalm...
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Level 69
Feb 28, 2017
Me 2!
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Level 49
Jun 29, 2020
I tried Saudi Arabia and almost threw my computer because I KNOW SAUDI ARABIA PRODUCES OIL and then I read the title again...
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Level 54
Feb 28, 2017
The hint gave it away
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Level 67
Oct 10, 2019
Not really, it is rather common knowledge that olive oil comes from the Mediterranean . (If anything the clue made people forget about chile and argentina)
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Level 82
Feb 28, 2017
Very surprised just based off geography that Chile, Mexico and Australia aren't on the list. Not that they are known producers but because of size, climate and propensity to grow a lot of high dollar crops.
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Level 77
Jul 28, 2019
It looks like they were added. Large parts have Mediterranean climate there.
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Level 69
Feb 28, 2017
Got all the Mediterranean countries plus US (I like Organic Californian olive oil). Never had Argentinian olive oil before. Good to know!
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Level 28
Feb 28, 2017
I live in Jaen (Andalusia, Spain), the main place in the world in production of olive oil. In most villages and towns from this province olive oil is almost the only economic base and way of life. But much of this oil is sold to Italy where they label and commercialise it, although the raw material is spanish.
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Level 67
Feb 28, 2017
Got Jordan with one second left! :)
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Level 64
Mar 1, 2017
Got USA with a few seconds left!
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Level 65
Jul 24, 2019
Does Israel include what it takes from Palestine?
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Level 42
Oct 11, 2019
Really ?
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2020
Really. Even olive oil is being politicized now.
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Level 60
Jul 8, 2020
Yeah, what could be even remotely political about appropriating land and resources by force?
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Level 47
Jul 27, 2019
One of the best olive oils is Partanna-unfiltered and organic from Sicily. You can buy it in Walmart. Absolutely my favorite.
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Level 67
Aug 16, 2019
Interesting how most of these countries border the med.
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Level 67
Oct 10, 2019
Must have something to do with the Mediterranean climate (sarcasm btw)
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Level 59
Oct 10, 2019
Almost as if that is where the olive is native to.
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Level 66
Oct 10, 2019
Interesting how Cyprus anf Turkmenistan, countries that have olive branches on their flags, are not on this list. (I am not saying they should be, Cyprus is too small, and Turkmenistan, well, they are not that much into olive).
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Level 57
Oct 10, 2019
Olive branches are a sign of peace, not olive oil production.
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Level 65
Oct 13, 2019
Yes, but they are also signs of olive trees, which produces olives and therefore olive oil.
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Level 43
Oct 10, 2019
I had no idea which countries produce olive oil, but luckily, I was found out which regions produced this resource. As in temperate regions. I got 100% in the first hit.
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Level 53
Oct 10, 2019
Had no idea USA produced olive oil. You'd think they'd be a bit less fat if they followed through on the full Mediterranean diet
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Level 65
Oct 13, 2019
The problem with American food is not that we lack healthy and nutritious options. The problem is that, in addition to those, we have lots and lots of unhealthy options, which in addition to obviously unhealthy sugary snacks, includes lots of foods that are healthy in their natural form but are pumped full of processing agents and unnatural additives that changes their nutritional content, and never for the better. The processed versions are always much cheaper too.
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Level 52
Oct 11, 2019
AKA "name all Mediterranean countries and you get already 17 ans"
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Level 55
Oct 13, 2019
got all bar one - Greece doh I was trying all manner of options thinking I had already chosen Greece
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Level 65
Mar 15, 2020
Huh, it seems as though olive production is more or less a Mediterranean thing.
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Level 49
Aug 29, 2020
So Spain produces more olive oil than every other country in the world put together?