With its warm Mediterranean climate and rugged landscape, Provence has been a centre of olive production since the ancient Greeks first colonised the coast over 2,500 years ago. Over the centuries a unique Provencal cuisine evolved, combining olives with garlic and aromatic herbs such as oregano, rosemary and thyme: a cuisine perfectly encapsulated in these fragrant, garlic-stuffed green olives. Succulent morsels of red pepper add a burst of colour and sweetness.
A gorgeous blend of glossy purple Kalamata and fresh green olives, pitted and marinated with red and green peppers. As an island in the very south of Europe, Sicily has picked up culinary influences from North Africa and the Middle East, and this recipe celebrates the fusion of cultures with its mouth-watering combination of garlic and herbes de Provence, basil and mustard seeds.
With a name that suggests the tricolour flag of Italy, this blend of pitted green and Kalamata olives brings together chilli, garlic and sweet, aromatic basil to create an irresistibly spicy flavour. The judges at the Great Taste awards certainly loved Tricolore, awarding this blend a Gold medal. Enjoy with cocktails, a glass of wine or an ice cold beer.
Pickling is a great way to preserve produce in times of plenty, but with garlic there is an added benefit, since the vinegar softens the harsher notes of its sometimes overpowering flavour. This gentler, sweeter garlic is tasty on its own, but bring it to life with a burst of good hot chilli balanced by a cool green parsley and it becomes a delicacy. An excellent ingredient for spicy Italian or Asian dishes and an exquisite snack.
The traditional first course of an Italian meal may offer all manner of wonders, but the emphasis is always on lightness and variety – with a combination of flavours designed to thrill the palate before the serious eating begins. The same is true of our Antipasti olives, winner of a Gold medal at the Great Taste awards. With rich, fruity Kalamata olives and crunchy cornichons, green olives and tart caper berries, sweet red peppers and tangy sun-dried tomatoes, this colourful blend offers a tantalizing array of flavours. Eat as you like – when you like!
There’s nothing quite like a real tomato, grown naturally in the hot sunshine of southern Europe. Except perhaps that same tomato, harvested at perfect ripeness then dried in the sun and preserved in oil with garlic and basil. Slice finely and add to salads to give both a splash of Mediterranean colour and a burst of intense, summery flavour.