Organic Pitted Kalamata Olives
Our organic pitted Kalamata olives are grown exclusively in Kalamata, in the in the southern Peloponnese of Greece, these purplish, almond-shaped olives are distinguished by their plump size, meaty texture and robust flavor. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, they are a staple of the Mediterranean Diet. Eaten by locals for thousands of years, Kalamata olives are an essential ingredient of every Greek Salad. Kalamata Olives are perfect for tapenades, caponata, bruschetta and pasta sauces. Use them to add a delicious tang to a Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad. Or drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, herbs and lemon peel – and enjoy!
Our Kalamata Olives are produced and packed in Kalamata, Greece, providing the ideal climate, soil and terrain for superior olives. These exceptional olives are a Protected Designation of Origin product. Only P.D.O. certification provides consumers with true quality assurance and a guarantee that they are buying a genuine product.
What is the difference between Kalamata olives and black olives?
- Kalamata olives and black olives might look pretty similar but they are actually very different.
- You likely associate olives with Greece. Or perhaps the Mediterranean in general. Kalamata olives are grown only in a very specific region (Kalamata). Kalamata is an area within Messinia in Greece. Whereas black olives can be found across the world. It's like sparkling wine vs Champagne.
- Kalamata olives are larger than black olives. They are usually about twice the size.
- They are also differently shaped. Kalamata olives are longer and thinner with a sharper end. They are also a soft purple color.
- Kalamata olives have a much milder taste than black olives. They are almost sweet and fruity. But they do still have the sharpness that you associate with olives in general.
- Kalamata olives are very soft in comparison to almost any other type of olive. They almost fall off their pit and are very easy to eat. They almost fall apart in your mouth before you have a chance to chew them.
- Black olives are very different in comparison. In terms of texture, black olives are more similar to standard green olives than Kalamata olives. They have a tough and chewy flesh. It is hard and almost rubbery.
- Store below 15°C and < 65% humidity.
- Store in the dark as light degrades flavors.