Tomorrow is NATIONAL OLIVE DAY! Olives are one of the cornerstones of human food cultivation and is among the oldest known cultivated trees in the world - being grown before the written language was invented. The Phoenicians spread the olive to the Mediterranean shores of Africa and Southern Europe. Olives have been found in Egyptian tombs from 2,000 years BC. The olive culture was spread to the early Greeks then Romans.
And we put them on pizza!
And that's just fine because we have many uses for olives. Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are good for the heart and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer. The healthy fats in olives are extracted to produce olive oil, one of the key components of the incredibly healthy Mediterranean diet.
Here is a quick way to serve your olives, these black and green olives pictured were made with zest of 1 orange, peeled in large strips, 4 large garlic cloves, smashed, and 2 teaspoons whole fennel seeds.
Visit any Morton Williams for beautiful marinated olives and a wide variety of prepackaged imported olives. Enjoy!