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Black olives: like or dislike?

Black olives

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I'm the kind of olive lover who loves to go into Middle Eastern markets and scoop out green and black and purple and stuffed olives from the briny barrels. Those olives are wonderful in appetizer plates, or marinated in spices and orange zest. However, when I want olives that don't detract from the rest of the meal, I reach for black olives in a can. They are mild, yet present, and not overwhelming. My son-in-law Nick won't eat them at all, though he will go through a bowl of kalamata olives in no time. My friend Bob won't eat any olives. I love them both, but I know they are missing out. Black olives find their way into salads, rice and pasta dishes, on top of nachos, and in all kinds of appetizers. Are you a black olive lover?

Black olives: like or dislike?

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Love them!! :)

Love them!!

One of the most perfect foods there is!

I love both green and black olives in brine. However I find canned black olives bland, tasteless, and not worth the bother. For some reason jarred green olives, with their less-ripe, sharper taste fare better. Maybe its the vinegar in which they are packed. But fresh olives are still the best.

Olives! Olives! Olives! Fancy "finger" food. We love the olives!!! Need I say more....

I love olives of any kind. Just last night I remarked to Rand that if only they had some protein they'd be a perfect food. And I buy the very ones you have in your photo at Costco all the time!

I am trying to train myself to eat (like?) olives, after a lifetime of avoidance, in a household of olive lovers.
(What I do love is the memory of my little boys, asking for 'olibs.'

I have loved them since I was a very young thing. When my family had them in salads, I usually picked them out of everyone else's salads before they made it to the table. As a result, it was not uncommon for me to get wrapped cans of black olives for Christmas :-)

Not just like. Love!!! I can eat them like candy. Not a fan of any other types of olives generally.

it takes some getting accustomed to the taste

Cousin Martin's opinions are same as mine

I actually find olives to be a little tasteless. One of those tastes that doesn’t really stimulate my taste buds. But I love them due to the nutritional value. For some reasons, I just cannot get myself to eat green ones, but I will easily go for the black ones.
Not sure why, maybe my mind perceives the green ones to be raw and unripe. But who cares, both are equally nutritional and you’ve got to have them in your food one way or another (same goes for the olive oil).


I hate the canned ones; they are bland, tasteless, and add nothing to what ever they accompany.
I do love other kinds of black olives and substitute them for the canned black ones.

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