Olives not eat-able from the Tree
July 30, 2017 2:13am CST
I have been reading Katerina's book slowling and enjoying every chapter when I have had the time. "Goat in The Meze" is certainly light Greek entertainment and as I progress through the village of Astakos and get to meet the 'all to familiar' people that make it so interesting, I found that chapter 29 had a certain kind of relevance to a day that I tried olives from a tree. Arbour Day is a holiday in South Africa where people are encouraged to plant trees. Just after we moved into our old-but-newly-bought-house we planted an olive tree. Three years later it was quite a structured little bush and I I noticed a few sprouting green bubbles every now and then. I was so excited and watched the fruit grow into nice marble sized green fruit. One day as I was watering the garden I decided to see if the fruit were ripe - so to say. I picked two and took a big bit out the fruity flesh of the first one only to discover it was insipidly bitter and had to spit it out quickly. Oh No, I thought my fruits had gone off. When I told my hubby, he laughed and laughed and then told me that olives cannot be eaten off the trees but have to be pickled in brine to make them edible. Now I know why this famous fruit is so pricey - I gave pickling olives a try and it was a very time consuming effort and they didnt taste anything like the ones I get in the bottle. So I have left the Edible Olive Making to the experts. Thanks Katerina @thea09 I am loving all the tales from Greece.
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Glad to hear you are enjoying 'Goat In the Meze' by Katerina Nikolas (plug). At this speed I'll have the sequel finished before you finish reading book 1. I aim to be done by eo August but it's terribly hot and I keep falling asleep over it.
• South Africa
@thea09 its the way I was taught to LEARN - slowly and steadily. I love the characters of your book - their names are so difficult to pronounce - I have recently met with Vangelis and that is a name I can say easily. ha ha ha dont mind me, I will finish your book in good time.
It is tempting to eat them straight from the tree. I remember my grandmother she had so many olive trees, she was making a lot of olive oil (along with pickled olives in lemon and garlic) and passing it around. It's not an easy task, but she loves doing it.
Yes, your husband's right. They need to be pickled first so that they could to be eaten. Also there's a bitter chemical inside the juice of olives which needs to be squeezed out. I have been to a farm where they grew olives and learned how they extracted olive oil from the freshly picked fruits. It was amazing to know about it. (*_*)
• Goodfellow, Texas
@Inlemay - Olives ... One of my buddies had an interest in a company that sold "stuffed olives." The olives arrived at the company in large casks filled with olives in brine. They were imported from several different countries to their "stuffing factory" located in South Texas. It looked to be an interesting business. -Gus-