Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Some Really Lovely Olives - A Quick Review


I used to be extremely envious of people enthusiastically digging into a plate of olives with their little wooden cocktail sticks because I vehemently hated them, both the texture and the taste, and I really couldn't see what all the fuss was about. However, moving forward a few decades, I've forced myself to eat them and now, I can quite happily state I adore olives.

So why do some people hate them and others love them? It could be to do with the processing of the olives. Olives picked straight from the tree taste very bitter so they have to go through a curing process to make them edible. Their flavour can then be enhanced by marinating them to make them more appealing.

Perhaps olive haters have had the misfortune to have eaten some bitter olives or maybe it's just because they contain all four of the basic flavours - sweet, salty, astringent and sour and for some reason this affects the overall tasting experience.

One very good reason to start liking them is they're definitely one of natures superfoods. Great for the digestion, they're also packed full of antioxidants and monounsaturated fatty acids which are good for blood cholesterol levels and may even lower them slightly.

And, did you know that the average life of an olive tree is between 300 and 600 years and they can live for well over 1000 years? That's a whole lot of olives from one single tree.



These organic olives from The Real Olive Company were on sale this week at Ocado so we decided to treat ourselves and I just had to let you know about them because they are unbelievably delicious and a huge plus point is that they're organic and contain no weird looking ingredients. Succulent, flavoursome and incredibly moreish we munched through a pot in one sitting.

Do you love olives or do you hate them? 

21 comments:

  1. ooh my hubby loves olives and ate a whole jar the other night!

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  2. I wish I loved olives but I don't. I don't mind them in pasta sauce though, so all is not lost lol!

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  3. I did not know that olives trees lived for so long, how interesting. I adore olives too and these ones look great!

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  4. I have never had an olive - can you believe that?!

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    1. I can Hannah because up to a couple of years ago, neither had I!

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  5. I despised red wine a decade ago and now it's my MUST!! Our pallet matures as we do - I hope olives are something I could come to bear... cocktail stick eating looks so mature! :)

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    1. I still don't like red wine, you're right our tastes do change as we get older but I think red wine will always be on my "hate" list.

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  6. I have actually never tried an olive!! There is something about them that makes me shudder when I think about eating them (weird I know lol) perhaps I should give them a try! x

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  7. Olives definitely are an acquired taste, I'm still not sure how I feel about them but I keep coming back for more so I think that means I'm coming round to the taste :) I must say I usually prefer the organic ones too. x

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    1. Yes Zoe, you might be because that's what happened with me, I didn't really like them at first but got a strange addiction to them, weird!

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  8. I'm not an olive lover, but I love olive oil. Mr. GFE loves black olives, but not green olives. Thanks for explaining so much about olives, Vicky. Maybe one day I will love them!

    Shirley

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    1. Maybe you will Shirley, it's taken me this long! Funny though, I do prefer the green olives to the black ones.

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  9. I am not an olive lover nor hater - just in between. Haha. Amazing that the tree can live up to 1000 years.

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  10. I'm not a fan of olives. I use olive oil though go figure. I think the reason why I'm not a fan is because of the smell. But maybe one day I will like them.

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  11. I adore olives but then hailing from the Med ( well my family at least) it would seem strange if I did not like olives.

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    1. I guess so, you've probably been lucky to eat them most of your life

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  12. I love olives, but like so many things I definitely didn't like them when I first tasted as a child. But as I wanted to be cool, I persisted and it didn't take long to start liking them. I've a friend in Italy who lives amongst olive groves. One day I might make it out to visit, but the olives he's bought over taste fantastic - just soaked in brine.

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    1. I think it is most definitely a cool thing to like olives, I've always felt I've been missing out! I hope you manage to get out to Italy, I expect the Italians keep the best ones just for themselves.

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  13. I have to say I have never tried an olive, I am really fussy about textures and just don't like the look of them! I really must get over it and try them as I know so many love them! Kaz x

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  14. I used to be an olive hater. They just tasted way too salty for my liking and I used to crinkle up my face every time I tried to eat one. However, I was determined to get over my dislike of them so I persevered and, after three years, my taste buds finally gave in. NOW I love them!

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