National Olive Day
June 1st is National Olive Day, let's celebrate one of the oldest fruits! Olive trees originate from the coast of the Mediterranean sea and western Asia. One of the oldest olive trees in the world is about 4,000 years old and is still producing fruit on the island of Crete!
Olives have more nutritional benefits than you might think. They are a rich source of oils, minerals, and vitamins A, E, K, and B. One cup of black olives can provide about 40% of your daily recommended value of copper, about 25% of iron, and about 15% of vitamin E! As well as providing a variety of antioxidants and healthy fats. So if you're looking for a healthy reason to enjoy a dry martini, stick a couple extra olives in there!
Olive oil is also rich in natural antioxidants and Omega-6/Omega-3. It helps to prevent coronary heart disease, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce ageing effects, strengthen the immune system, and protect from damaging effects of free radicals and more!
Olives are used in many ways. We find them in cocktails and loaves of bread. We eat them whole as snacks, use them as toppings, include them on relish trays and even use them as a garnish for many foods. They are one of the most versatile foods we eat.
One of my favorite classic Mediterranean condiments is Dalmatia's Green Olive Spread. Perfect to celebrate National Olive Day! This spread has a mild and buttery flavor that is great for the sensitive palate and made with delicious Mediterranean ingredients.
Traditionally served with grilled bread, sun-dried tomatoes, and seafood, Dalmatia's Green Olive Spread is a fantastic addition to your Mediterranean platter!
Serve with a variety of cheeses, charcuterie, and roasted veggies. Whatever your taste buds desire, this Green Olive Spread will hit the savory spot!