Olive Types

Olive Types


Olive Types

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There are many Olive types available in the market. Olives come in a variety of colours due to their ripeness when harvested. Just like other fruits for ex: Mangoes, olives begin green and ripen, or mature, to a deeper shade. Depending on the variety, olives can be selected green or ripe. Each level of ripening allows for different textures and flavours. In some cases, the olive’s colour is dependent on the oxidation in its fermentation process, turning it a deeper brown or black.

olive types

olive types

Olives have distinct tastes:

Each olive type has distinct attributes specific to its oil content, the amount of flesh, ripeness, climate of growing, the area in which it grows and the size of the overall fruit. Also, an important factor in an olive’s flavour can be reliant on how its natural yeast, or bacteria, ferments during the curing process.

Are Olives Natural?

Most of the olives are natural product since normally they don’t contain any preservatives or additives. In the case of the lye processing as a means of olive production, it is solely used for processing but later it is thoroughly washed to removes the lye.

Olive Terminology

Whole Olives – The seed is intact. It is whole fruit.

Pitted Olives – Seed is removed

Stuffed Olives – Usually stuffed with Pimiento Paste, cheese, garlic, Jalapeños etc.

Sliced Olives – Mostly used in Pizza and Pasta


Most popular Olive types are:



  • Manzanilla (Spanish) – Green or black
  • Hojiblanca (Spanish) – Green or Black
  • Kalamata (Greek) – Dark Brown 

    Kalamata Olives

  • Queen (Spanish) – Pale green 

    queen olives

  • Black Bella di Cerignola Olive (Sicily-Italy) – Black
  • Niçoise Olive (French) – Black
  • Green Beldi Olive (Morocco) – Green

Olives are usually paired with Martini, wines (Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot etc.) and cheese (Gouda, Blue cheese, Mozzarella, Romano, Parmigiano Reggiano etc.)



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