Olives are the fruit product of the olive tree. The olive fruit becomes blackish-purple when fully ripe. However, some olive varieties are green when ripe and some are copper brown. Raw olives taste bitter because they contain an alkaloid, although a few varieties are sweet in taste and can be eaten after sun drying, according to the California Rare Fruit Growers. Black olives offer an array of health and nutritional benefits.
Promotes Digestive Health
Black olives are a good source of dietary fiber. A 100-gram serving -- about 3.5 ounces -- of ripe olives provides 3.2 ...
We have been taking some pictures of the growing process of our olives from May till October. The amazing evolution of our olives during these 4 months is simply spectacular. The olives are now ready to be collected.
At the end of the month of May, the olives started to grow:
This picture is taken in June:
During the hot month of August, they kept growing:
And finally today, 2nd October 2013, about to be collected, they looked simply beautiful:
Here are 7 great reasons to snack on olives regularly
1. Cardiovascular benefits
When free radicals oxidize cholesterol, blood vessels are damaged and fat builds up in arteries, possibly leading to a heart attack. The antioxidant nutrients in black olives impede this oxidation of cholesterol, thereby helping to prevent heart disease. Olives do contain fat, but it's the healthy monounsaturated kind, which has been found to shrink the risk of atherosclerosis and increase good cholesterol.
2. Cancer prevention
Black olives are a great source of vitamin E, which ...