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Foto Friday… Provençal olives

Toulon olives

 Our favorite olive stand at the Toulon market.

I never could have imagined being an “olive person” before I came to Provence. Olives were generally something you found, at best, in your martini glass, and, at worst, diced up & displayed artfully next to the shredded lettuce at make-you-own-taco Tuesday.

Here in Provence, you can’t pass a market without bumping into bowlfuls of the most plump & magnificent olives on the planet. And since winter in the South finds us investing our time in all kinds of creative & culinary pursuits, I’ve recently been on a quest to try as many different varieties of these little gems as possible.

Olives Ollioules

 Olives with a sprinkling of herbes de provence.

I have to give a very favorable nod to the regional specialty, olives mixed with herbes de provence, but let’s not overlook a very spicey pimento, parsley, & curry version, and I also found a surprising mix that quickly became a hands-down favorite: garlic, cumin, sweet pepper, & laurel. Now that’s one flavorful olive.

Tapenade Ollioules

 Tapenede from the Ollioules olive festival.

And we’d certainly be remiss if we didn’t mention a few treasures I picked up at the supermarket in the form of almond & red-pepper stuffed olives. That’s one olive just dying to get plunged into a designer Martini – or just maybe one of my spiffy aperitivo bowls.

 

Olive Bread Ollioules

 Olive breads from Ollioules village.

 

Are there other olive fans, or budding pimento lovers out there? Got a favorite to share?

 

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One thought on “Foto Friday… Provençal olives

  1. Absolutely stunning!! I hated olives as a girl, but now I adore them, and love trying the beauties I find at the Greek deli in Brisbane. They’re so huge!! I’d love to go olive tasting with you in France one day. 🙂

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