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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  1. The Late Night Gourmet

    Recipe Greek Salad Tapenade

    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...
  2. ElizabethB

    Recipe Olive Stuffed Pastry

    :oops::oops::oops: My intention was to make olive stuffed bread. I started entering the recipe while the dough was proofing. The dough would not rise. I think my yeast was old. I inadvertently posted the incomplete recipe. I had to edit the entire recipe to fit what was actually made. Mom...
  3. Morning Glory

    Recipe Daube of Venison with Black Olives

    The word ’daube' comes from the French 'daubière’, a kind of braising pot used for the long, slow cooking of less tender cuts of meat. Here I’m using venison shoulder steaks but the dish could be made with a half shoulder on the bone which would probably improve the flavour. I used Moroccan...
  4. The Late Night Gourmet

    Recipe Green Olive Tapenade

    I looked at a number of olive tapenade recipes, and one thing they all seem to have in common is that they add a small amount of capers to the mix. For example, a cup of olives would have a teaspoon of capers added. I don’t see the point in that: can you even taste them? I decided to be...
  5. Saranak

    Recipe Olive, fig an grape Jam.

    Ciao a tutti, This very easy an is from my nonna, I cannot make as can not find ingredient I need but may be some can find. This beautiful with nice toast an cheese. You Need - 243 g. dry figs, fine chopped. 4 tablespoon olive oil. ½ onion, thin sliced. 1 shallot, puree. 1 tablespoon dark...
  6. ElizabethB

    Recipe Braised Chicken and Olives

    INGREDIENTS 4 bone in, skin on chicken thighs Salt Black pepper Cayenne to taste 2 Tsp Herbes de Provence (No Herbes de Provence - had make a mixture using herbs in my pantry) 2 TBSP EVOO 1/4 cup thinly sliced shallot 1/2 cup pitted and sliced green olives (horizontally) 1/2 cup pitted and...
  7. ElizabethB

    Recipe Green Olive Spaghetti Squash

    Green Olive Spaghetti Squash INGREDIENTS 1 Spaghetti Squash While the squash is cooking Mise en place. The sauce comes together quickly. Left to right, back to front 2 TBSP cold butter cubed 1 TBSP EVOO 1 1/2 cups Castelvetrano Olives pitted and coarsely chopped (Castelvetrano was not...
  8. ElizabethB

    Recipe Braised Pork Chops With Capers and Olives

    Dinner Wednesday I had no intention of making an olive dish until I reached for the capers. Olives were right there. INGREDIENTS (FOR 2) 2 bone-in pork chops EVOO Cold butter 1/2 medium onion - sliced thin and chopped 2 cloves garlic - minced Bouquet Garni - 5 sprigs Thyme - 4 Sage leaves 1...
  9. TastyReuben

    Recipe Linguine Pesto With Tomatoes And Olives

    LINGUINE PESTO WITH TOMATOES AND OLIVES Serves 2 INGREDIENTS 8 oz dried linguine 2 TB olive oil 5-6 cherry tomatoes, halved About a dozen pitted olives, halved 3 TB prepared pesto 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, divided Salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS 1. Prepare pasta according to package...
  10. Saranak

    Recipe Steak Ragu with Olive an Fusllii base bake.

    Ciao a tutti, So I think I go enter challenge Ray say I should. I no sure if bake is OK but I do this for bambini many time and Ray manage get me olives! And he need feeding. So here go. cookingbites recipe challenge. So you need- Olive oil. 180 g green olives for sauce base. 100 g green olive...
  11. TastyReuben

    Recipe Chicken Marbella

    CHICKEN MARBELLA Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup pitted dried plums (aka prunes) 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/3 cup pitted green olives 1/4 cup capers 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano 6 garlic cloves, chopped 3 bay leaves 2...
  12. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Portobello Pizza with Mozzarella and Olives

    This is a fun pizza concept. You can make individual personal pizzas using neither bread nor cauliflower, but Portobello mushrooms. They do taste good. Large Portobello mushroom caps (remove any stem) Extra virgin olive oil (optional) Tomato sauce (home-canned or a good grade without...
  13. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Squid with Olives and Tomato Sauce

    This recipe is my adaptation of Squid with Green Olive Tomato Sauce. I used fresh squid, albeit already cleaned by the fishmonger. Prep time: 5-10 minutes if the squid is already cleaned Cook time: 15-20 minutes Rest time: Not much Serves 2 hearty appetites Greek Squid with Olives and...
  14. Morning Glory

    The CookingBites Recipe Challenge: Olives

    Welcome to the CookingBites Recipe Challenge. The current challenge ingredient is olives and CraigC is our judge. To enter, all you need to do is post a recipe containing olives as a new thread, tag it cookingbites recipe challenge and post a link to it in this thread. The winner becomes the...
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  18. MypinchofItaly

    Recipe Aglio & Olio – The Simplest Spaghetti Sauce Ever, with Garlic, Olive Oil and Chili Pepper

    A traditional Italian delicious recipe with spaghetti, so simple and tasty to prepare with a few basic ingredients . Simplicity in a dish full of flavour and satisfaction. It’s also the dish that saves you when there is a lunar landscape in the fridge, or when you organize a last-minute dinner...
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