Friday, July 2, 2010


For thousands of years the olive branch has been used as a sign of peace and goodwill, and for good reason--the Olive is an ancient fruit worthy of all the lore and devotion that surrounds it. Marvelously versatile, it is enjoyed as a condiment, served as an apitizer, ground into spreads, tossed into salads, simmered with stews and sauces and, of course, popped into Martinis. It yields heart-healthy olive oil and delights with its variety of flavors all in one bite--sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. Its traditional reputation as a health food is being borne out by modern science, as studies on the olive-consuming Mediterranean peoples have shown. It's almost a perfect food. From ancient Greece to modern times, Olives and Olive Oil have been a staple of the Mediterranean diet.

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