It’s Easy to Enjoy Green Olives from Gourmet Factory
It probably comes as no surprise that most green olives are destined for the oil press. In fact, 90 percent of the green olives harvested annually are smashed flat, ground into a paste, and separated into their component parts in order to make various kinds of olive oils. As a famous frog once said, “It’s not easy being green!” But these nutritious and delicious fruits deserve to be appreciated in their own right, as snacks, garnishes, or ingredients in a nearly endless variety of Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Gourmet Factory offers both Queen (large) and Manzanilla (small) pitted green olives either plain or stuffed with pimento. Picked before fully ripening and soaked in brine for up to 12 months, green olives have a firmer texture than black olives and are also slightly more bitter. And, just like the oil they’re made into, green olives offer the same health benefits, including:
- Improved memory – Olives contain antioxidants that help protect the brain from free radicals, harmful particles that can damage cells. A study done by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst suggests eating a daily serving of olives can improve memory by up to 25 percent.
- A lower risk of heart disease – A diet higher in monounsaturated fat (the “good fat” found in olives), reduces blood cholesterol, which in turn potentially lessens the chances of harmful plaque forming along the walls of arteries.
- Weight control – Studies have also show that monounsaturated fats increase the levels of serotonin in the blood. This so-called satiety hormone is what tells the brain we’re full, so people with increased serotonin levels tend to eat less.
No matter how you slice or dice them, green olives from Gourmet Factory are a tasty and healthful addition to any diet. Pick up a bottle or tin today and you’ll see just how easy – and delicious – it is to be green.