SOMMARIVA - BLACK PITTED OLIVES 180G
These tasty olives are first aromatised in brine, then expertly pitted and placed in extra virgin olive oil to give a distinctive flavour. Savoury and delicious, they can be used in cooking, or make an excellent appetiser on their own.
Olives have been cultivated for thousands of years. Indeed, they are the oldest cultivated trees in existance and one of the most important fruit trees in history. The first documented plantings of olive trees may have occurred on the island of Crete and are believed to have been growing around 3500BC.
The olive tree and its fruit offered wealth and future food supplies to early civilisations by providing shade, food, oil, wood, light, warmth and medicinal benefits. Dependable fruit production and olive oil production means that olive trees must exist in a stable society and peaceful environment. That stability must extend for many years, as it takes eight or more years for olive trees to reach maturity and produce reliable quantities of fruit.
We often wonder how it was discovered that such a bitter fruit as the olive could become edible. As with many things, this was discovered by chance. In ancient times trade between countries occured when people crossed the ocean in boats. Because these boats were small, and the people loaded their boats as full as possible for the trip, the olives that were taken for trade were placed into hessan bags and tied to the outside of the boats, allowing them to hang into the salty sea water. After several weeks at sea and by the time they arrived at their destination it was discovered that the olives had lost their bitterness and were edible.