Sunday, January 24, 2010

Macro Monday – Olives


“The olive tree is like an old friend. It knows all my life and gives me wise counsel.”
-- Paul Cézanne

Last post I promised to discuss flavor trends from the Winter Fancy Food Show but since it’s Monday, I thought I would first post a couple of macro photo of olives.

Food Match

These green Lucque olives hail from the Languedoc region of France. Their almond shape is attractive and they are delicious with a firm, almost crunchy, texture and tangy flavor.

They were beautifully presented by FoodMatch who produces tasty olives from Greece, France, Spain, and Morocco.


DSC04359 FoodMatch olive display


DeLallo always has impressive displays at the show...

DSC04307 DeLallo Bella Di Cerignola

 ...but this year they outdid themselves with their dazzling booth…

DSC04309 De Lallo booth

…or I should say booths…

DSC04306 DeLallo olive booth

…or I should say neighborhood.

DSC04310 DeLallo booth

Their expansive offerings of olives, pickles, and peppers astonish me. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen banana peppers before.

DSC04311 Delallo peppers and olives

My daughter absolutely adores DeLallo jalapeno peppers. She and her roommate used to order them from the internet; they hope that they will be carried in all grocery stores soon.


DSC04308 Partanna Olives

This is the first time I’ve tasted Partanna olives. I highly recommend them; especially the green ones in the middle.

To see more Macro Monday photos, visit Lisa here.


Kala said...

They look delicious! I love olives.

foto CHIP said...

Me to - nowerdays ;)
I would love to visite this market :)

melissashook said...

What a wonderful quote by Paul Cezanne..
you are such an ambitious foodie..
(for whatever reason, I've never liked olives which I know is a loss..)
thank you..

Ruth said...

I am a lover of savories more than sweets, so olives of almost any ilk make me swoon. When we lived in Istanbul, breakfast consisted of bread, soft white cheese (goat I think) and black wrinkly fermented olives. It took me a while to appreciate it, but right now I could really go for some! Lovely photos of this amazing neighborhood.

Jay said...

I do love olives, but my blood pressure says they're too salty.

Looks like a fun place for an olive lover!

Kim, USA said...

I love olives too and I didn't know that there are many kinds of olives. Thanks for sharing this one. Happy Monday!


Johnny Nutcase said...

whoa! olives everywhere! I prefer black olives, but your top picture is pretty cool. those marinated mushrooms look yummy too. cool pictures! there's an olive plantation(?) south of us that has an entire store full of olives, reminds me of your pictures. cool!

christina said...

goodness, this is a beautiful post!

John McDevitt said...

Delicious photos of delectable olives.

Marilyn Miller said...

Yummmm! Love olives.

Unknown said...

I had no idea there were sooo many different types of olives! They're so beautiful and my favorites are kalamata, but then I haven't tried very many! I'm telling you, next year it's you and me at the food show!

veri word: manza (almost like mangia: eat in Italian)

Unknown said...

Wow! It all looks so fresh! WHat a great place! I had no idea there were so many kinds of olives either.

Alyssa said...

Now, that is my kind of party!! LOVE LOVE Olives!!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kala,
They are delicious: I wish you could have tasted them. Welcome to dutchbaby, you are a very talented photographer.

Dear foto CHIP,
I'm glad you discovered how delicious olives are.

Dear melissashook,
The end of the quote is "I should like to be buried under it". I thought it was a bit too morbid to include in a food post, especially as an opening.

Tracy, who came with me to the show, also doesn't like olives. I think you both have a hole in your soul ;)

Dear Ruth,
That sounds like a fantastic breakfast. I had to acquire a taste for kalamata olives but now I truly love them.

Dear Jay,
What a loss for you, but you are wise to heed doctor's orders.

LoisW said...

Oh! My! Gawd!! I could taste those olives, they look so scrumptious! I'm ready to move to the south of France and paint now! And eat olives!!!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Manang Kim,
You're welcome! Thanks for visiting Macro Monday.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Johnny Nutcase,
An entire store of olives sounds like a dream. Lucky you!

Dear Christina,
I would love to see you cook with some of these beauties.

Dear John McDevitt,
Thank you!

Dear Marilyn,
Me too!Mmmmm!

Dear Susan,
You're on! I start getting notices about the show in early October. Remind me to send you the info around then.

Dear lisaschaos,
Yes, they were all super fresh and super delicious.

Vagabonde said...

What an array of olives – my taste buds are completely awakened – but no olives here – tragedy…

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Vagabonde,
I hope you had a chance to satisfy your yen for olives since you posted this comment.

Anonymous said...

FoodMatch has the best olives! I was at this show and tried from several booths. Delallo's product seemed plastic-like to me. The FoodMatch olives were fresh and flavorful.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Anonymous,
I agree that FoodMatch's olives are delicious, but I also like the Delallo olives I tasted. I loved their almost crunchy, bright green olives.

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