7 reasons to love olives -

Gastronomy

Olives are a key ingredient in the Mediterranean diet, which is famed for being one of the healthiest in the world and has even been declared as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco.

The benefits of the Mediterranean diet have been proven by multiple studies including its ability to significantly lower heart disease.

Variety

The possibilities are endless! Not only are there multiple varieties to try and love, you can mix olives with everything from oregano and thyme to chorizo and manchego cheese for an extra twist.

There are also different types to choose from including whole or pitted, bruised, split, halved and quartered, green, black, mixed, cured in the Sevilian style or in brine.

Versatility

Did you know that table olives are one of the few foods that have all four basic flavours – sweet, salty, bitter and acidic? That’s why they go so well in so many recipes.

What’s more, they are affordable and really easy to find. You can store them for a long time and use as a quick-to-prepare snack for parties, lunches, barbecues or just whenever you have an olive craving!

History

Olives date as far back as the 1st millennium BC, when Phoenicians introduced the olive tree in the Iberian Peninsula. Thereafter, Romans and Arabs developed the crops using more intensive methods and it was the first Spanish colonisers who brought the olive tree to America.

Nutrition

The possibilities are endless! Not only are there multiple varieties to try and love, you can mix olives with everything from oregano and thyme to chorizo and manchego cheese for an extra twist.

There are also different types to choose from including whole or pitted, bruised, split, halved and quartered, green, black, mixed, cured in the Sevilian style or in brine.

Olives are great!

The possibilities are endless! Not only are there multiple varieties to try and love, you can mix olives with everything from oregano and thyme to chorizo and manchego cheese for an extra twist.

There are also different types to choose from including whole or pitted, bruised, split, halved and quartered, green, black, mixed, cured in the Sevilian style or in brine.

Heritage

There is a longstanding history and tradition of olive production in Europe, specially in Spain, where olives have been the heart of the culture and cuisine for more than 2,000 years.

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