For three generations the Arnaud family has been curing and selling traditional Provencal olives in the small town of Fontvieille-en-Provence, France. These green olives are cured for several months in gros sel, course sea salt. The olives macerate in their own juice, retaining a simple fruity olive flavor. They are then seasoned with sunflower oil and aromatic herbs grown in the countryside of Provence. These olives are among the most delicious in the world.
Creative cooks incorporate these powerhouses of flavor into all kinds of dishes. Keep a gallon close by and add a handful of them to salads, baked fish or sauces. These olives are sun dried, which concentrates their flavor, so a few go a long way. A great accompaniment for wine; serve with cheese for a quick appetizer.
Medium-sized and round, they are harvested in September before their natural ripening so the olive boasts a beautiful bright green color and crisp pulp. Their buttery taste balances between sweet and salty making them wildly popular in salad bars.
Each aloreña olive is cracked before the curing process. The traditional natural brine is made of water and salt, and the crack facilitates the natural fermentation. The crack and firm texture of this olive also makes it very fitting for custom marinades. The aloreña olive, also known as Malagueña in certain areas, is the only olive from Spain with a D.O., Denomination of Origin. Curing Method: Natural Brine Cured; Time of Harvest: End of August
The Carmona olive mix is a selection of unique varieties and traditional Spanish olives. The mix contains cornicabra, zorzaleña, verdial, cuquillo and gordal olives. This 5 olive mix provides a variety of sizes, colors, textures, and flavors in one jar and is named for Carmona, the town where Aceitunas Losada has resided for more than 50 years. Olive Varieties include Natural Gordal, Verdial, Zorzaleña, Cuquillo, and Cornicabra. Curing Method: Natural Brine Cured