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Olives: A complete guide

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Olives, with their salty tang and firm texture, tend to be a food you either love or hate.

But having been cultivated since biblical times, there are reasons for their widespread and varied use.

Let's see if we can't convert you!

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Health benefits
Rich source of copper, essential to organ and metabolic functions.
Rich source of vitamin E, essential to skin and hair health and integrity.
Rich in antioxidants, fighting inflammation and oxidative stress in the body.
Good source of iron which helps transport oxygen around the body.
Good source of healthy fats (mostly oleic acid), which have been linked to a reduced risk of heart-disease.

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How to enjoy
Serve as a healthy 'nibble' or starter when entertaining guests.
Chop finely and enjoy a homemade pizza or pasta dish.
Blend to make a moreish tapenade.
Mix into your next bread batter and reap a delectable olive bread.
Add to any plant- or meat-based salad for a zesty twist.
Try your hand at a veggie-loaded ratatouille!

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Olives will typically come in black or green varieties, although they can be found in other shades.

Are you an olive lover? Share with us your favourite recipes and suggestions!

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