Olives have an important place in Greek cuisine and in Greek culture. They are commonly found on the table at mealtime whether eaten by themselves or incorporated into various dishes. Both ‘olive’ and ‘oil’ are words formed from the same Greek root. Olives and olive oil have historically been basic staples of Greek culture. Olives were regarded a symbol of peace, while olive branches were regarded as a sign of respect in ancient times. The Greek word for olives is elies, pronounced el-YES. Greece offers a unique variety of olives grown in various regions of the country. The olives of Greece offer flavor profiles ranging from bitter to smooth and colors varying from deep purples, to vibrant yellows, and greens. While there are dozens of “different” kinds of olives, only three main varieties are commercially important as table olives. The confusion starts here—these few types of olives just happen to come in many sizes, and from many different parts of Greece, so that they all look different and are all called by different names.
All olives change from green to black as they mature, and all are bitter and inedible unless cured. Depending on the variety and the curing method, some olives are processed unripe, or green, while others are left to mature and darken on the tree. Others still are purposely harvested late, when their skins are leathery and wrinkled. Following is a list and brief description of Greek table olives/
1. Kalamatas or Kalamon (variety)
The king of Greek table olives and one of the best-known olives in the world. Kalamatas are shiny, brownish-black, tight-skinned with a characteristic “almond” shape. These olives are an organic product of exceptional quality that stands out for its authentic taste and intense aroma. They are never harvested green, and to avoid bruising, they must be hand-picked.
2. Halkidiki Green olives
They are large and oval olives. Characterized by a robust and bright green glossy skin, rich, firm flesh and a subtle fruity aroma, they are praised worldwide as one of the best table olives in the market. Three different types of these olives are available: whole olives, pitted olives, and stuffed with almonds, garlic, red pepper or gherkins to name a few. These olives are typically prepared through brining which offers a firmer texture, with a meaty bite, and fruity, briny, and buttery flavors. The Halkidiki olive is home to the Halkidiki region just adjacent to Mount Athos.
3. Natural ripe olives
Olives that are recognized under the names Volos, Amfissa, Agrinio, Stylida, and Atalanti all belong to the Conservolia variety. This is the large, oval olive which starts off a rich dark green when it is unripe and changes into a whole spectrum of different colors as it matures: greenish-yellow, greenish-red, mahogany, and finally, dark, bluish-black. Conservolia is the most versatile Greek olive, processed with equal success as both a green and black olive. (4o επισυναπτόμενο)
4. Wrinkled black olives.
There are many different wrinkled olives in the Greek larder. The best known is the Throumba, closely associated with the island of Thassos in the northern Aegean. These are the wrinkled, reddish-brown, mealy olives that are left to ripen on the tree and are salt-cured.
5. Black confit Olives
These Halkidiki olives are harvested early in second half of September to preserve its useful properties. They undergo natural fermentation process in our tanks under close supervision of our staff. When ready, we maturate these olives by oxidation and preserve them by sterilization. This allows to preserve the olives in very low-salt brine.
- Green Olives whole, pitted or sliced
- Green olives stuffed (Almond, Garlic, Pimento Paste, Natural Pimento, Gherkin, Lemon, Orange, Jalapeno)
- Green olives double stuffed (Almond and Natural Pimento, Almond and Jalapeno, Garlic and Natural Pimento, Garlic and Jalapeno)
- Kalamon (Kalamata) olives whole, pitted or sliced
- Black Confit oxidized olives whole, pitted, or sliced
- Amfissis olives whole
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