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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

hot olives!

The olive branch has long been the symbol of peace and the silvery-leaved olive tree considered sacred since early times, as far back as the 17th century BC.

Whether you are an olive lover and especially if you are not you'll be amazed how different the taste and flavour of olives is enhanced by the introduction of heat. Place the fruit briefly in the oven or in a little olive oil in a saucepan and heat until warmed through. This simple little trick makes them more palatable as well and it doesn't matter about the quality of your olives. The olives in this photograph are out of a jar from the supermarket and warmed up they were truly delicious. Remember though, the taste and flavour or any olive variety depends on when the fruit was picked and how it was processed and heating can only do more good than harm.

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