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10-28-2006, 12:51 PM
I have a question about olives....does any one know if raw olives are ever sold in regular grocery stores. Like when they have an "olive bar" and there are bins of different types of olives with tongs and you just fill a container or whatever? I doubted any are raw but some of them don't even seem to be marinating.....
Any one know??
10-28-2006, 01:02 PM
I buy my raw olives from an olive bar in our local little city, but we have a very unique situation.
I live in Yelm, where Ramtha lives/teaches, so we have this little baby community, 3 stop lights, tiny tiny town, but we have thousands of visitors from all over the world here at any given time, if there is an event.
So, about half the population has a small bed and breakfast type home when there are events, and we have just about every kind of food known to man here, including fresh Durians, within a short distance. the wines alone would cause most people to become crazy, there are 5 huge lanes in each grocery store just for the wines. LOL
so, YES, you can get raw olives there, in fact many kinds, but the ONLY way to know for sure is to ask, if they come in big barrels, they could be raw, if they come in any kind of jar, they might be raw, you really need to ask what type of olives they are, how they are cured, where are they from, etc.
Just ask the deli manager and tell them what your peramiters are, and you'll know for sure.
When I first started asking, they had only one type of olive that they weren't sure was raw, now they carry about 4 types, black and green ones and they are all different, they come in big black plastic barrels, and I have been known to purchase an entire barrel. LOL
10-28-2006, 02:39 PM
I don't think most olives are raw at regular grocery stores. I'm more concerned about the quality of salt and preservatives that are on them than whether they have been cooked. If you want raw olives Nature's First Law sells some that are simply to live for. You can totally taste the difference.
I agree about NFL olives. I am totally addicted to their Greek Olives!! I happen to be eating some as I browse the web!
10-28-2006, 06:38 PM
I bought my first jar of Raw Power olives not long ago. My husband loves them, and has asked that we keep the brine for something else.
I have bought some containers of "other" olives from the hfs, but... they can't tell you how they're cured most of the time. Raw Power and the other raw companies, I would think, yes, that they'd take much more care in they're curing process and make sure they're ingredients are clean.
10-28-2006, 07:27 PM
thanks everyone :)
Rawpriestess, i'll be inquiring....i hope some are raw!!
10-28-2006, 08:12 PM
I love NFL RAW Power Olives... Buy them in bulk. Love um.
I was at Whole Foods and saw Living Tree Community black raw olives... So maybe they sell them at a local whole foods.
10-29-2006, 10:54 PM
Can someone please enlighten me about how commercial olives are processed? Some recipes I've seen online call for the use of lye(!!!!) to cure them. Others, just for a brine solution. It seems that with the brine cured type, there would be no need to worry about raw or not raw...unless (and this just occured to me) the brine solution was heated to boiling, as it usually is with pickled veggies.
10-29-2006, 11:05 PM
I think you'll have to do some investigations. I thought they were raw long ago, until my mom asked the deli guy (it was near the olive bar) and he brought out a cardboard box that listed the ingrediants. Not stuff raw olive would be made with (corn bi-products, sugar, salt, more than one kind of oil, vinegars, ect). I assume that besides the ingrediants that they're just their jarred olives that are cooked because that is MUCH cheaper than getting raw....it's all about money...
10-30-2006, 04:55 AM
I know that Target carries salt and oil cured black olives called Terra Medi, they are wonderful and I believe them to be raw:) they're only 5$ a jar and they go a long way.:)
10-30-2006, 05:22 AM
The guy behing the counter in wild oats told me that NONE of their olives are vegan.
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