Olives come in all different types of colours, sizes, and tastes. Not many know that Olives are actually a fruit and as such, they contain many nutritional benefits for Olive fans worldwide. But ..why Kalamata Olives, you may ask?

Kalamata olives are only found on a peninsula in southern Greece, called the Peloponnese. You have probably heard of it through blockbuster movies such as Sparta but food lovers are also often visiting the area to source, some of the best olives that can be found worldwide.  and have played a part in the human diet for thousands of years. Growing under the amazing Greek sun, the olive trees here have much larger leaves than other types of olive trees around the nation and the world and absorb more sunshine.

Olives have been an integral part of Greek diets, for centuries and their appearance and size is somewhat different from olives anywhere else. Due to the climate in Greece, and immense heat for most seasons of the year their leaves tend to be much larger than other types of olive trees which also makes them distinctly tastier.

Black or deep purple Kalamata olives are grown in the valley of Messina, near the town of Kalamata. Greeks tend to harvest them in December once fully ripened which gives them their distinct dark color. The olive itself has tight and shiny skin and a distinctive almond shape. Olives are widely accepted as one of the healthiest foods on earth and that’s because they are high in sodium, rich in healthy fats, and contain a natural antioxidant. Kalamata olives more specifically, contain a range of health-promoting vitamins and minerals, and are particularly high in iron and vitamin A. It is said that regular consumption may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and various cancers.

Here at the Greek Deli, we are pleased to be able to source and offer our own Kalamata olives, both pitted and whole. Meaty and tasty our Greek Deli kalamata pitted olives are handpicked & carefully selected. A most healthy snack for all times of the day, Melina kalamata pitted olives add taste to salads, sandwiches, pizzas, or sauces. They also serve well as a tapenade spread or as an ingredient in a Greek salad. Eat as many as you can, they are so good for you!

For extra flavour sprinkle some extra virgin olive oil on top, squeeze fresh orange, and finish your marinade with some drops of red wine. Simply click here to order our Greek Deli Kalamata Whole Olives and here for our delicious, Greek Deli Pitted Olives.

The Greek Deli is happy to have been able to distribute our goods and unique Greek products throughout the pandemic, ensuring our customers do not run out of stock. We have also maximized our efforts so our deliveries are swift and provided in a safe and hygienic manner. For more information on what our company is doing to ensure the quality of your products and follow Government guidelines, feel free to email us at [email protected]!

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