There is something personal and even secretive about pickling olives. Italians, Greeks, Spanish, Turkish and Lebanese along with many other nationalities have been pickling olives for hundreds of centuries, turning this simple but ancient fruit into a worldwide gourmet delight.
Preparation methods and recipes have been handed down from generation to generation where recipes for some of the best tasting pickled olives in the world remain a closely guarded secret among families.
Pickled olives are one of those things that can easily be tailored to suit individual taste. There are dozens of varieties of olives available with hundreds, perhaps thousands of recipes for preparing and pickling these.
While this article is aimed at the novice and will deal with how to get olives ready before pickling, it will also provide some eye opening recipe ideas for you to work on, enhance and alter to suit your own tastes.
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