Olive from Different Countries
You certainly won't go far wrong with Spanish
Throughout history, Spain's long, hot growing
season, suitable soils and cultivation expertise
have resulted in the country being recognized as
number one producer and exporter of quality olives
Spanish Olive Varieties
Spain's not only home to the largest number of olive
trees ... she also offers a wonderful variety -
around 260 different types!
Some of the better-known are:
Manzanilla olives - juicy, green pulp and delicious
Arbequina - noted for its nutty, smoky taste
Empeltre - a beautiful purplish-black
Queen - large, fat, green
curing olives/pickling olives
But, when olives are freshly picked, they tend to
have a bitter, acrid taste ... they need curing.
Dare you cure your own olives from scratch? Here's
an easy way to do so ...
1 kilo firm, green olives
3/4 litre mineral water
1/4 litre white wine vinegar
75 grams sea salt
1. Soak olives in plenty of water for several hours
2. Drain olives.
3. Mix together mineral water, vinegar and salt.
4. Plunge olives into mixture.
5. Weigh olives down with a plate so they're always
6. Keep at room temperature for 1-3 months.
It's best to allow the olives to cure for at least a
month. Test from time-to-time so you'll know when
they're perfect for eating.
Once cured, either eat just as they are, marinate
with your favorite herbal mix, or remove pits, and
stuff - with anchovies, red peppers, garlic, etc.
black or green spanish olives?
All olives start green but, when left on the tree to
ripen further, will turn various shades of
So, which Spanish olives are the best ... green or
Perhaps this depends on what you plan to use them
Nothing beats artisan-cured green olives as an
appetizer ... and to evoke fond memories of Spain.
Green olives tend to be better for stuffing than
black - being firmer, their flavor mixing well with
anchovies, red peppers, garlic, etc.
And, of course, you should use green olives -
preferably manzilla - for martini
But when it comes to making olive paste, I think
black olives are better.
Black olives also provide a healthy and colorful
adornment which can turn simple dishes into a feast
- sprinkle on top of smoked salmon and grated
Manchego cheese ... use as a contrast in Pipirrana
salad ... enliven an ensalada de pulpo or enslada de
about the nutrients in spanish olives
Did you know that olives are not only delicious ...
they're also extremely healthy and considered an
Containing absolutely no cholesterol, they're an
excellent source of monounsaturated fat, iron,
vitamin E, copper, and dietary fiber.
And, the moral of this story? ...
... Snack on Spanish olives instead of crisps!
"The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf
medicine." (Ezekiel 47:12)
As you can see from the above Biblical quotation,
it's not just the olive that's good for you - its
leaves are too ...
Olive leaves are packed with medicinal properties,
providing an excellent homeopathic way to aid your
They help reduce high blood pressure, have
anti-infective, anti-fungal, and anti-aging
properties. So try this olive leaf tea recipe ...
large spoon dried/ground olive leaves
2 mugs boiling water
slice of lemon/honey(optional)
1. Place olive leaves in muslin bag/tea ball.
2. Steep in boiling water for 3-7 minutes, according
4. Add a slice of lemon or spoon of honey if wished.
The resulting tea should be a pale amber in color,
and you can enjoy between one and three cups daily.
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