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WHFoods - Food of the Week: Olives

By Sylvia Egel - Posted on 03 August 2009

Every week The World's Healthiest Foods web page (WHFoods.Org) selects one of 129 foods that can serve as the basis of your Healthiest Way of Eating. This week's pick is ...


Olives are harvested in September but available year round to make a zesty addition to salads, meat and poultry dishes and, of course, pizza.

Olives cannot be eaten right off of the tree; they require special processing to reduce their intrinsic bitterness. These processing methods vary with the olive variety, region where they are cultivated and the desired taste, texture and color. Some olives are picked green and unripe, while others are allowed to fully ripen on the tree to a black color. Yet, not all of the black olives available begin with a black color. Some processing methods expose unripe greens olives to the air, and the subsequent oxidation turns them a dark color. In addition to the original color of the olive, the color is affected by fermentation and/or curing in oil, water, brine or salt.

... read more at WHFoods.Org 


Olive Tapanade

Enjoy this quick and easy recipe for olives, which can be prepared in 5 minutes and uses less than 5 ingredients!

... find the recipe at WHFoods.Org