No, olives don’t grow on the tree with the pimento already in them. In fact, most olives are very bitter when they are fresh and usually need to be processed or cured in lye or a brine to give them the familiar flavor we know. Green olives are allowed to ferment before being brined while California Black olives are not which gives them a milder flavor than the green ones. It is the phenolic compounds in the raw fruit that make them bitter. The fermentation and brining remove those compounds.
Whole Foods Olives
Even though more attention has been sometimes been given to their delicious oil than their whole food delights, olives are one of the world’s most widely enjoyed foods. Technically classified as fruits of the Olea europea tree (an amazing tree that typically lives for hundreds of years) we commonly think about olives not as fruit but as a zesty vegetable that can be added are harvested in September but available year round to make a zesty additionto salads, meat and poultry dishes and, of course, pizza.
via WHFoods: Olives.
The US produces less than 1/10 of 1 percent of the world’s olive oil. Georgia was a big producer of olives in the 1600’s. Spanish settlers planted trees at missions in southeast Georgia in the 1590’s. Olives were grown in Georgia well into the 1800’s until the Civil War and other problems eliminated the crop. Recently there has been a resurgence of olive crops in that same area.
1 once or about 8 olives have the following :
4 g total fat
1 g saturated fat
3.7 g monounsaturated fat
.4 g polyunsaturated fat
436 mg of sodium
1 g carbohydrates
1 g dietary fiber
26.3 mg total Omega-3 fatty acids
340 mg total Omega-6 fatty acids
2% vitamin A
Rates 0 on the glycemic load index
Rates a 24 and are mildly anti-inflammatory
Olives and their oil are a good source of “good” fat and there fore a good substitute for animal fat that has cholesterol in it. I love all things olives and recommend them completely. – jughandle
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