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Difference Between Green and Black Olives

Primarily, the difference comes back to the point in time at which they are harvested. Green Olives are picked prior to ripening whereas Black Olives have been allowed to ripen on the tree. Soaked in a solution containing Lye, Green Olives are then fermented for anything between 6 to 12 months after having been harvested with the longer the fermentation process being, the less bitter and more flavorsome the olive. Black Olives are likewise soaked in Lye then cured in brine. Green Olives usually pitted and often stuffed with Pimientos, Jalapenos, Anchovies, Garlic or Onions whereas Black Olives are rarely stuffed.

Are Kalamata Olives Good For You?

Referred to as a Black Olive, Kalamata Olives are actually deep purple in color and native to Greece. Eaten either plain or chopped up and used in a succulent dish, Kalamata Olives are fully ripened olives that are marinated either in olive oil or vinegar and available at Fred’s One Stop Shopping complex. While high in Sodium, they are also rich in healthy fats and contain a natural antioxidant. They are a good source of Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Given their small serving size, Kalamata Olives provide supplies of Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium and B vitamins.



All About Olive Oil

Thanks to the many proven health benefits and culinary uses, Olive oil, the oil obtained from the fruit of the Olive tree, is now more popular than ever. It is a monounsaturated fat that remains the cornerstone of the famous Mediterranean diet with chefs today, able to elevate dishes to another level with virgin olive oils that offer a fruity-bitter taste. Bitter is Better: if you have ever plucked an olive direct from an olive tree, it will be too bitter to eat however, if you are wanting to enjoy the health benefits and flavors of the best extra virgin olive oils, then you should learn to love bitterness... [Read More]

Olives were made for Pairing – and Sharing

Dining and sharing with family and friends is one of the finest memories of all; the table is set for a celebration of food with the Olive being the invitation. A true delight enjoyed one at a time however, the real pleasure begins when you consider Olives an essential ingredient of the Mediterranean cuisine. When bringing your palette to life with an irresistible Mediterranean flair, the best advice is to do what tastes good for you. Get creative with Whole and Pitted Olives, Cheeses, Wines and foods that bond well together.