Spanish culture has always had a huge influence in my life. I grew up in the Philippines, a former Spanish colony. My grandmother is half Spanish, and as a result, my kids and I have Spanish citizenship. And we love Spanish food! One Spanish food we can't live without is olives. I cook with olive oil every day, and olives are a staple in our household. Black olives, green olives, you name it, we love it. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy olives:
Mix minced olives into chicken salad
Serve olive slices on crostini with goat cheese and roasted red peppers
Skewer whole olives on stick along with cherry tomatoes, cubed salami, fresh mozarella, and pasta
Make an olive tapenade and spread on toast
Toss olives with fresh tomatoes and pasta with olive oil and fresh basil leaves
Toss olives into salad
Scatter olives on top of pizza
I realize that olives can seem like quite an exotic food. They have a strong, distinct flavor which we love, but I know many people can be hesitant to try them! To help people learn more about olives, Olives from Spain invited me to submit a few questions to Chef Annie Sibonney, Cooking Network star and Spanish cuisine expert on all things entertaining and olives. Here are my questions:
Where do the best olives grow?
What is the difference between a green olive and a black olive?
What's the best way to store olives?
How long do olives last?
Chef Annie graciously answered my questions in the video below, so make sure you watch the video (it's only 3.5 minutes!) to find out the answers. The video also showcases some of Chef Annie's favorite ways to serve olives. Check it out!
More Fun Olive FactsDid you know...
Check out the Olives from Spain website for more information about olives and some great recipes.
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