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Background and History of Italian Olives

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on July 16, 2011 - 2:52 am (550 views — 395 words)

Many people enjoy snacking on olives even if it's straight from the bottle. This fruit is not only delicious, but it is good for the body. Its diversity allows you to add it to almost any dish; it also serves as a great appetizer for parties. This fruit is known around the world because of the unique taste it has and its ability to add flavor to almost any dish. Italian olives are one of the most well renowned type of olives. The earliest recording of curing olives was in Crete, Greece, but many Italians think otherwise. Many believe that Italians first cured grapes more than 6,000 years ago, which makes them the first race to discover how to make this fruit the delectable item it is today.

Olives are well rooted in Italian culture and history and is considered as a traditional fruit. During the Roman times, olive oil was used to anoint athletes and gladiators as a sign of fortitude. Crowns for the victorious were made of leaves that came from the olive tree. Olives were always present in banquets at that time and even served as a staple meal by accompanying it with a loaf of bread. Today, olives are still very evident in Italian cuisine; it is used in almost any dish possible. Furthermore, olive oil comes from olives, and this oil is used in almost every Italian dish.


Many believe that Italian olives are one of the best in the world because of the size these olives can grow to plus the intensity of flavor packed into each fruit. There are many types of Italian olives but there are a few that have stood out. Here are some Italian olives that are known worldwide.


Gaeta olives are an Italian classic that are always eaten when they are fully ripe (or in their black form) since many believe that it is at this state when its true flavors come out. These olives usually undergo the dry curing process since growers believe that this allows the olive to showcase its true flavor. They are often black and have a wrinkled appearance.

Coratina Italian olives are often green in color. These are large olives that can be mistaken for grapes from a distance. These olives can hold quite a lot of stuffing which is the reason why they are usually sold this way.