Did you know? There are well over 1000 varieties of olive fruit worldwide, some of which are known by many names. Many of the main varieties are cultivated in European countries like Italy, Greece and Spain. Did you know? Thanks to archaeological excavations, olive leaf fossils dating back to the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras (approx 37,000 BC) have been discovered on Santorini Island in Greece.
Did you know? Worldwide, most olives are cultivated in the Mediterranean region, 75% of which occurs in Europe, totalling over 500 million olive trees. Did you know? Olive trees are long-lived evergreens said to be almost immortal. One such tree on the island of Crete in Greece is estimated to be over 1000 years old, still bearing fruit, despite harsh climates.
The Kalamata olive is a trademark of Greece that is almond in shape with a pointed tip and a brownish to deep purple colour. It is picked in late fall and is naturally cured to preserve its rich nutty flavour. Its dense texture is perfect for pesto and olive bread or simply to enjoy as a table olive.
Sundried Black olives are sun dried along the coastal regions of Morocco. They have a soft wrinkly texture with a uniquely intense olive taste, and are conveniently pitted. Serve these olives with grilled meats or season and broil lightly in the oven.