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The olive question

I am the other extreme when it comes to olives!  I love any kind of
olive.  Recently I was visiting a friend in Berkeley, CA and we shopped
at a grocery store called Andronica's....they have an olive bar with
about 20+ types of olives that you could sample.....it was like
heaven....indeed olives are high fat, but it is the best kind of fat you
can consume so as long as you take it easy with them....ENJOY LEARNING

Donna from the Northwoods of Wisconsin

> brrgrrl@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> >
> > I'm starting to get over my fear of olives.  I've always pushed
whole olives away if they co
me in a salad I get at a restaurant, but recently I had a deelish vegan
pizza here in NY and it
had teeny, tiny bits of olives and I really enjoyed the bit of zip that
they added.  I'm still n
ot ready for a plateful of whole sour olives, though.  Too intense.  So
my question is:  are the
re different kinds of olives like there are peppers, with varying
flavors?  Would someone tell m
e what the mildest-tasting olive is?  I'd like to try adding little bits
to salads, etc., but I
want to start out slow ;-)
> There are definitely different flavors in olives.  My personal
> are the California black olives (pitted) that one finds in the grocery

> stores in with such things as pickles, etc.  I taught my little cousin

> the bad habit of sticking them on my pinkie finger and eating them off

> my finger... :)   These are likely the ones you got on your NYC pizza
> I seem to remember there being several pizzarias down there that use
> black olives as toppings.
> I've only ever liked the green ones with the little red pimientos in
> them if they were buried in olive loaf (a baloney-type product, which
> don't eat anymore, for obvious reasons! :)  I think it was the novelty

> of having little green and red things in the middle of my luncheon
> more than the flavor.  I've never been able to eat them otherwise --
> sour.
> And the fancy Greek ones I find pretty gross and disgusting.
> Do be warned that olives are high in fat.  I heard a TV commercial for

> olives once that said "Only 9 calories per olive, and only 1 gram of
> fat!".  Well, gee, 1 gram of fat contains 9 calories, so they're
> close to 100% calories from fat, by their own admission...  But if
> you're only having a few olives every now and again, it shouldn't be
> enough to worry about...
> Faith