Episode 96: Olives

Monday, June 4, 2018
We finally cover olives and the long, long history of olives and olive trees throughout the world. We also go over how they are processed to pull off the very bitter taste from a compound called oleuropin. We finally help out our Food Fight listener with a nasty work break room. By the way, what's your favorite olive?

Let's taco 'bout it!

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Ashton

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Let's taco 'bout it!

Photo courtesy of James Carol Lee

  • This episode will be Part 1 about olives and olive oil. Look out for the episode on olive oil.
  • There are native, invasive, non-native, and naturalized plants. Olive trees are naturalized plants in so many parts of the world.
  • There is an olive tree in Brioni (Brijuni) still producing fruit, which is used for olive oil.
  • There are protected olive trees called Bidni in Malta and dated to be 2000 years old.
  • Greece is the #1 consumer of olive oil, while Spain is the #1 producer of olive oil.
  • The Spaniard Franciscans brought olive trees to the California coasts at these mission gardens.
  • Olives, unprocessed, are quite bitter because of the compound oleuropin. Though it's bitter, this compound oleuropin has many good properties, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, according to this scientific article.
  • Olives can be processed many different ways: water-curing, brine-curing, salt-curing, lye-curing, and sun-curing.

Photo courtesy of Mariana Medvedeva

Run Time: 55 minutes

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Our second sponsor is the Draper Utah IKEA (67 West IKEA Way, Draper, Ut 84020). IKEA is having their special celebration: Swedish Midsummer Smorgasbord on June 15, 2018 with seatings at 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm. (We'll be at 6:30 pm seating in Draper with T-shirts to giveaway!).

There will be drinks, crayfish, desserts, and lots of traditional Swedish food. There will even be a kids activity, where you can dance and make a midsummer wreath. The dancing will help you work up an appetite for all that delicious Swedish food!

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