This is my feeling on olives. I wish I liked them though! :)
Love olive oil. Can’t stand olives.
They’re pretty good in martinis.
I love olives, I’ll eat them right up.
Olives are one of those things you can teach yourself to like, if you feel the need. I got sick of picking them off pizzas, so I got used to them.
I spent some time in Kalamata, Greece earning money by picking olives & learning a bit about the pickling process. If y’all think that you dislike commercially available olives, then you absolutely do not wish to try them fresh from the tree.
There are things which still make me wonder how people discovered they were food, olives are on that list.
I always liked the story about the father who wanted his young son to appreciate black olives the way he did.
So he set a bowl of them between them and, with his son watching, popped one into his mouth and smiled. The boy tried one. The father took another, with great satisfaction. The boy tried another. The father had a third one with great enjoyment — and the boy burst into tears. “What’s wrong, son?” the astonished father asked.
The boy blubbered, “You’re getting all the good ones!”
Black olives are great. Green olives bit. More importantly, they bite back. Growing up, we only had green olives (with pimentos) in our fridge. I was in college before I learned to eat black olives because they don’t taste like green olives.
I can eat green olives out of the jar (but they’re super-expensive where I live so I rarely get them), but I only like black olives if they’re in pizza, spaghetti or other pasta dishes.
I love olives, but I love almost anything that’s pickled or otherwise sour (as long as it’s not too hot).
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