Sample numerous varieties to see what kind of olives you like. You can take your pick from the salty, sweet, bitter, smoky or sour olives. There are even olives that are packed with Mediterranean herbs, thus giving it an ”herby” taste. Personally, my favorites are some of the green kinds (particularly the larger one), as it as a slightly bitter taste.
Here are some of the ways you can enjoy olives:
• Olive tapenade. This is very easy to make and yet is quite delicious. Tapenade is a spread which you can use to top dishes with poultry and fish, or as a sandwich spread or dip. Put some pitted olives in a food processor. Add some garlic, olive oil, plus seasonings you like. Blend these together into a paste. These can also be kept in the fridge for future use.
• Pasta with olives. You can toss chop some pitted olives, add minced garlic and tomatoes into some pasta. Add some fresh herbs for more flavor.
• If you are making chicken or tuna salad, you can also toss in some chopped olives.
• You can also eat it as it is, or combined with chopped and uncooked vegetables, such as celery or carrots. You can set these out on the dinner table for you to bite into even as you enjoy a Mediterranean meal.
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