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Originally posted by grover
They will be in for a disappointment... olives are inedible... way too bitter... unless cured for a period of time... sometimes in salt... others in brine or oil but they need to be cured... the curing process takes from a few weeks to a couple of months.
Olives are the fruit of a tree native to the Mediterranean area. They must be cured before consumption and cannot be eaten raw. Olives are eaten as a finger food as well as in recipes. Olives are pressed to extract healthy
To our palate it seems strange, but some of the ancient olives (including the Palestinian balady) produce fruit which although bitter, leaves a pleasant, sweet after taste; dipped in salt it is delicious.
- The Unites States does not abide by the International Olive Oil Council (IOOC) guidelines and can label any old oil Extra Virgin! Buy imported!
- Many olive trees can easily live for 500 years. A thousand is not uncommon.
- The most expensive olive oil (Manni's Tuscan Oil) can be obtained at a cost of $350 or £175 a litre!
- Olive Oil can be used as a substitute for shaving cream.
Elf- £350 a Lire WoW!!! Below one I did but im sure many don't:
- The only difference between green olives and black olives is ripeness.
Pigeons primarily eat seeds and grain but will also eat olives, berries, etc. They can travel many miles daily in search of food and may sample many feeding sites.
Olives were so revered in Biblical times that it is said that Moses granted olive growers an exemption from military service.
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses olive soup as a sore throat recipe—the only occurrence of the olive in Chinese cuisine.