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An Essential Mediterranean Ingredient

Kalamata olives are world renowned. They have a delectable texture, dark eggplant color, and rich fruity flavor. They are essential to Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, and are used to flavor numerous dishes from salads and pasta to pizza, and sandwiches. They are a perfect topping to any salad, and an essential ingredient in Greek Salads. Olives are a nice healthy snack right out of the jar, and are traditionally used as finger food. Due to their strong flavor, they work well in cooked dishes and tapenades. They can add extraordinary richness and flavor to soups, stews, casseroles, and are a delicious addition to sauces, rice, poultry, meats, and fish. For a delicious sandwich spread, dip, or topping to fish and poultry, remove the pit from your olives, add olive oil, garlic, and your favorite seasonings. They are the olive of choice for baking olive bread.

Lakonía Cooking Tip: Kalamata olives become bitter if they are over cooked, so it is sometimes better to add them to hot dishes at the last minute. Also, the brine that olives are packed in can be used as a replacement for salted water in many recipes!