If you have a source of fresh, raw olives, you may know that they are completely inedible straight off the tree. Who first realised that olives could be delicious? The story goes that some olives fell into a rock pool on the shores of the Mediterranean a couple of thousand years ago. The salty rock pool was replenished by the tide twice a day, and a month or so later, when the bitter juices had been leached out by osmosis, an adventurous (and hungry) soul was passing. She scooped out the bobbing olives, and popped them into her mouth. Delicious. And the next thing I need to find out is who was the learned soul who first realised that olives and brine are delicious in a martini.
- Raw olives – 500g/ 1lb