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. Our olives are among the most delicious in the world. These sterilized tins have a shelf like of over 5 years. Tender olives, pasteurized to give them a long shelf life. These olives have less salt than their fresh, unpasteurized counterparts.
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.
Imagine a savory version of a perfect cherry. That is what these olives are like. Firm to the bite, round and perfect, with a meaty flesh and a pit that bursts out easily as a cherry-pit. If you eat one, it will be difficult for you to resist eating at least ten.