The olive, botanical name Olea europaea, meaning "European olive", is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, found traditionally in the Mediterranean Basin. The species is cultivated in all the countries of the Mediterranean, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, North and South America and South Africa. Olea europaea is the type species for the genus Olea.
The olive's fruit, also called an "olive", is of major agricultural importance in the Mediterranean region as the source of olive oil; it is one of the core ingredients in Mediterranean cuisine. The tree and its fruit give their name to the plant family, which also includes species such as lilacs, jasmine, Forsythia, and the true ash trees (Fraxinus).

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  4. MypinchofItaly

    Recipe Olive all’Ascolana, Meat-Stuffed Fried Green Olives

    Olive all’Ascolana, stuffed fried green olives, a typical recipe from the region Le Marche, Central Italy, in particular from the town of Ascoli Piceno from which they take the name ‘ascolane’. It is a recipe that has its roots in the ‘800. They are served as a starter or even as an aperitif...
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  6. Morning Glory

    Recipe Cannellini Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Olives

    This is an easy, versatile dish with an intriguing and complex taste. The fennel seeds accentuate the slight anise taste of the basil and the anchovy provides a savoury background note. You could make this with good quality tinned chopped tomatoes, such as San Marzano. I served it with some...
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  9. Morning Glory

    Recipe Purple Rice Salad with Tuna, Egg and Asparagus

    Purple rice and blue eggs without using artificial food colouring is a simple trick. Boil some red cabbage, don’t add anything to the water. Drain off the water and reserve. The water will be dark blue. Use the water to cook rice and the rice will turn purple. Place the water in a beaker and add...
  10. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Onion and Olive Frittata

    Onion and Olive Frittata Adapted from Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, 2017 (September-October, page 10), which in turn comes from Deborah Madison. My changes are in halving the recipe and, well, adding olives. I also substituted in a few minor changes based on what’s in my “Stay at...
  11. Morning Glory

    Recipe Potatoes with Celery, Black Olives and Tarragon

    As simple as can be to make this unusual side dish. Its perfect with fish. If you have any left over, its delicious pan fried with an egg (see pictured below). Ingredients (serves 2 as a side) 200g new potatoes. peeled and halved or quartered, depending on size 10 black olives 2 sticks of...
  12. Morning Glory

    Recipe Two Salads with Olives

    Olives are a great way to liven up a salad. Their bitter, tang works particularly well with ingredients such as anchovy, avocado, bacon, celery, cheese (particularly feta and goat’s cheese), chicken, eggs, tomatoes and potatoes. Here are two salads which use some of those ingredients: 1...
  13. Morning Glory

    Recipe Spicy Roasted Pepper Shakshuka with Green Olives

    There are several versions of eggs cooked in spicy tomato sauce around the world. For example: Italian 'Eggs in Purgatory', Mexican 'Ranch Eggs (Huavos Ranchos)' and Middle Eastern 'Shakshuka'. In this version, tangy and savoury green olives work perfectly with the hot spicy sauce and silky...
  14. Morning Glory

    Recipe Poussin with Oranges, Chicory & Green Olives

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  15. The Late Night Gourmet

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    I like when I discover things as I go in a recipe. I had a theory on how this would work, and it generally came together as I hoped it would. The biggest surprise was that the (raw) onion mellowed as it settled with the other ingredients. The end result is like a Greek salad, providing you...
  16. ElizabethB

    Recipe Olive Stuffed Pastry

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  17. Morning Glory

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  18. The Late Night Gourmet

    Recipe Green Olive Tapenade

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  19. Saranak

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  20. ElizabethB

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