Olives are an amazing gift of nature, a good food for athletes and a basic Mediterranean appetizer. But do you know everything you have to know about them? Keep reading and surprise yourself!
1. Olives contain oleic acid, which has beneficial properties, lowering LDL (“bad” cholesterol) while maintaining HDL (“good” cholesterol”).
2. 100 g of olives contain just 150 kcal and they enclose the ideal mix of essential vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants.
3. They can help you absorb other nutrients better. Antioxidants found in many veggies and fruits are better absorbed when eaten with dietary fat such as olives.
4. They can help you stay satisfied. Snacking on the fruit also provides dietary fibre; a cup has about 15% of what you need in a day!
5. They are affordable and really easy to preserve. You can store them for a long time and use them as a quick-to-prepare snack at any time.
6. Did you know that olives have grown in Spain for more than 3,000 years? This means generations and generations of producers!
7. Olives from Spain are limited in size but great in taste. Olive give you the chance to experiment with a small ingredient that has a wide variety of applications and are full of flavour.
8. The table olives meet the four basic tastes that the palate detects: acid, bitter, sweet and salty, which allows its use in any culinary recipe without any other limitation than your imagination and your cooking skills.
9. Many people do not know that olives change colour during ripening. Green olives are picked at the optimal ripening stage, and its colours range from rich green to fair yellow, meanwhile, black olives are picked just as they reach their full ripening stage. Surprising, right?
10. Loved for its fleshy pulp and large size, it’s no wonder that Gordal means “the fat one.” Also called “the beauty of Spain,” or “Queen Olive” this green olive, characterized by its oval and slightly asymmetric shape being one of the world’s best-known olives.
We said “Ten things you didn’t know about olives” but here you have an extra bonus: You can not eat olives directly from the tree. The olives are very bitter and hard; it would be practically impossible to eat them directly from the tree. In fact, it is the only fruit that can not be eaten directly from the tree, needs to lose its bitterness and become soft before it is edible. To remove that flavour they are left in brine for a while.
With Olives from Spain you have the opportunity to enjoy them straight from the jar, so just do it!