Provence Olives – A Symbol of Peace and Victory
Olive lovers have plenty of delicious appetizer options when it comes to choosing their delicious appetizer. Olives pair beautifully with cheeses for the ideal pairing.
France may not produce as many olives as Spain, Italy and Tunisia do but their quality remains competitive – eight varieties from France are protected as Protected Designations of Origin (PDO)(10).
Early Life and Education
Olives come in all sorts of varieties that range from fruity and grassy to buttery and nutty; their salty taste serves as an enhanced complement for other dishes.
Olives can be enjoyed both plain and with various seasonings such as aniseed, coriander, garlic, thyme, rosemary or sage for an array of delicious flavours. Olives may even be filled with meats vegetables and/or fruit for extra enjoyment!
Olives are widely used in salad dressings and dips. They’re also often enjoyed with cheeses, grilled fish, pizza and as an ingredient in soups, stews and casseroles. Because whole olives pose a potential choking hazard for toddlers, sliced or pitted varieties may be preferable until children can take accurate-sized bites and chew thoroughly – but eventually older children might be ready to experience whole ones too!
Jean Belorgey decided not to allow a severe frost in 1956 to crush his family’s olive trees and keep their dreams alive, by planting new ones at his La Lieutenante farm located in Vallee des Baux de Provence. Today he serves as president of France Olive (an organization representing olive farmers) as well as owning his own olive oil mill.
He travels the globe interviewing olive growers and producers of oil made from them as well as government regulators, chefs, and nutritionists. As an advocate of organic farming he emphasizes quality over quantity when producing his products. Furthermore, French olive oils must clearly state whether they come from locally grown olives produced at an artisanal mill.
Achievement and Honors
Olive trees have long been seen as symbols of peace and victory across numerous cultures throughout history, even serving as an icon for god in Christianity. Clovis was only crowned king because a dove brought him oil for holy ceremonies.
Olive producers take great pride in the products and land they produce, but the olive oil business can be complex. Journalist Tom Mueller has conducted extensive investigations into criminality and adulteration within this sector of industry – uncovering what some refer to as an “Agrimafia.”
FOODMatch founder Phil Meldrum has designated June 1 as National Olive Day to mark the arrival of fresh kalamata olives from Greece and celebrate the 2021 New Zealand Olive Awards which attracted record numbers of entries with an amazing 81 gold medals awarded during harvest season.
Olive trees have become an emblem of Provencal culture since their cultivation was introduced there in 1666, but they can be difficult to grow successfully: in 1956 alone, frost damaged two thirds of all olive trees in Provence.
Oil produced from olives is costly; it takes 5-7 kilograms of fruit to create one liter. But its delicious taste makes the groves even more enjoyable to visit!
As you make your rounds through the markets, ask each stallkeeper to offer samples of olives from their stock. Soon you will discover your perfect olive; pairing well with cheese and pate, adding an irresistibly salty touch to salads and even making for great picnic snacks!
Olives are an ideal part of a weight-loss diet when used instead of other snacks and drinks, since their low calorie and healthy fat content make it an excellent way to cut calories while increasing beneficial lipids intake. Furthermore, depending on their method of curing they may contain up to 10% polyphenols which act as powerful antioxidants.
Olives are an integral part of Mediterranean cuisine, appearing in iconic dishes such as Greek salad and nicoise salad. Olives also play an integral part in Mediterranean-inspired appetizers such as stuffed olives or tapenade spread on gourmet crackers or crostinis.
European imports of table olives have seen steady annual increases since 2016. Italy remains the primary importer, importing 85 thousand tonnes in 2020 alone. Sustainable production techniques are currently being implemented in order to mitigate environmental impacts while simultaneously realizing economic benefits.