Black olives are simply olives that have been left to ripen on the tree. Native to the Mediterranean region, they are healthy with great nutritional value.
A good black olive will be firm in texture with no bruising. Try to seek out olives that were hand-picked as other harvesting methods can damage the flavor. Olives should be stored in the fridge once opened. They should always be submerged in their liquid.
Olives make a great snack. They can be eaten straight from the jar. Black olives are also a great addition to sandwiches or pizza. You can also stuff them with cheese or fry them for a different texture.
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