Tunisia’s Olive Oil | So Tasty, So Healthy

Tunisian Olive Oil (Lower Manhattan Skyline)

Tunisian Olive Oil (Lower Manhattan Skyline)

What do you know about Tunisia’s healthy and tasty Olive Oils? Did you know that in 2014-2015 Tunisia was the leading olive oil exporter in the world and the second olive oil-producing nation after Spain? Tunisia has 75 million olive trees spread over 1.7 million hectares (about 4.2 million acres), which is about one-third of Tunisia’s arable land. This is all very impressive, but what’s even more remarkable is that the vast majority of Tunisian Olive Oil can be classified as naturally produced. And an astonishing 80% of the olive oils produced are classified as Extra Virgin. Oleiculture (the production, processing, and marketing of olives) is the main agricultural activity for this North African nation; the workforce in this industry is 1 million strong.

Tunisian Olive Oil (organic)

Tunisian Olive Oil (organic)

The majority of Tunisian olive oil farmers do not use fertilizers or pesticides in their olive groves. Their organic olive oil production is a true testament to this country’s passionate dedication to produce high-quality olive oils using the purest of techniques combined with time-honored traditions. Their organic production has reached 25,000 tons per year, of which 40% is exported. The United States is one of the biggest importers of Tunisian Olive Oil and their organic varieties.

Tunisia’s low-chemical, non-industrial, hand-picked olive oils are an inspirational ingredient that can add great health benefits to one’s daily diet.

Tunisian Olive Oil Olive oil plays a key factor for its health attributes in the highly-touted Mediterranean diet. Carefully-crafted Tunisian olive oils are rich in chlorophyll, carotene, lecithin (a natural antioxidant that stimulates the metabolism of fats, sugars and proteins), polyphenols, and are a good source of vitamins A and D. 

It is no wonder that the Tunisian government has coined the phrase, So Tasty, So Healthy, for their precious olive oils.

Watch the quick video below.  Tunisian Olive Oil – So tasty, So healthy!

Learn more about the production and health benefits of Tunisian Olive Oil here.

Also see my previous article on Tunisia’s Liquid Gold Olive Oil Production

  • http://www.bella-vitawellness.com Sharon Wegner

    Chef Franco, I am particularly interested in Tunsian olive oil, as well as recipes from days of old that reflect Italian influences. My grandmother was born in Tunis at a time when Italians were leaving Italy/Sicily. Tunisia was under French rule at the time, and when her family came to the United States, my grandmother retained her French citizenship.

  • Franco Lania


    Thank you for sharing your family story about Tunisia. Italians ran far and wide at the turn of the last century. Tunisia would be a much “closer to home” move than most other countries in the world. There is a great similarity in that Mediterranean way of life between Tunisia and Italy. :)

    I’ve been working with the Tunisian Olive Oil Commission for a while now, and it has been a fascinating experience with many culinary lessons as well. Yes, I will be sharing recipes on Tunisian cuisine that incorporate their fabulous olive oils. Until I do please take a look at their website so you can get started on those delicious recipes! (see) – http://www.tunisia-oliveoil.com/En/recipes_8_19

    Thanks for the note and have a great 4th of July weekend!


  • http://www.bella-vitawellness.com Sharon Wegner

    Thank you for your kind reply, Chef. I will be watching and anxious to create those Tunisian recipes.