Recipe Directions

After picking the olives make a cut in each one. Don’t wait till they are dark and soft they are for the Sun Olives recipe. Wash them and put them in water. Now change the water twice a day. After a week or so I start tasting the olives, as soon as they taste good it is time to prevent them from going off. For example by putting them in a brine (salty water) or in olive oil with some herbs, like oregano or thyme.

Chaewen's Thoughts

Olives are disgusting straight off the tree. Commercially they are cured using lye, eg. caustic soda, which neutralizes the bitter taste. After which they are pasteurized. I prefer to do it with water and keep them raw.

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Raw Yogini, I think the olives last longer in brine, storing anything in oil is not without risks as certain bacteria can grow without oxygen. If you have enough salt, nothing will grow. Olives in oil are much tastier, and mine tend to be eaten quickly.

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thanks chaewen, I am trying this now, yes we have an olive tree in our garden here in New Zealand. I was wondering if you could tell me if the olives would last longer in the brine or in the olive oil?

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The olives on the picture were picked at my "sisters place":http://www.pardieiro.com/ in the Alentejo, Southern Portugal.

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Wish I still lived in California so I could pick fresh olives! I love them

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Yeah, where do you live that you can just pick olives? I am sooooooo jealous!

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where can I get fresh olives? I love olives!! I am meant to eat olives as I am mediteranian in my background!! YUM

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I'm glad someone here has tried making water-cured olives!Yay! When the next crop of olives is in, I'm going to borrow space in my parents' basement and set up both salt-cured and water-cured olives. Thanks!

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Wow! I didn't know water could be used-producing a much milder taste, I suppose? I wish I had access to olives trees-maybe someday!!

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I know it is not the time for picking olives but I just wrote about the "Tree of Peace":http://www.vitagaia.org/boomblog/index.php?entry=entry080502-110928 and copied

the recipe to gone raw.

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