I was at my favorite haunt, the olive bar at Kroger when I spotted a beautiful, round to slightly oval, jade green olive. I had to try it and bought several. The sign above the olives said Cerignola. I went straight home and shared them with Mr. Olive Crazy, even though it was only 10 in the morning. Any time is a good time for olives.
The olives were beautiful to look at. The flesh wasn’t as dense as some olives and had a slightly sweet, nutty flavor. They were very good.
I did some research on the Cerignola variety of olives. Cerignolas are the largest size variety of olive in the world and come from the Apulian region of Italy (at the top of the heel). I found lots of websites with Cerignolas for sale in bottles and cans, but half the pictures I viewed did not match the distinctive look of the Cerignolas my husband and I ate. I’m guessing some marketing person when tasked to place a picture on their company website thought any green olive picture would do. Not so.
Then I looked for olive oil made from Cerignolas and could not find any oil specifically indicating that Cerignolas had been used to make the oil. It is possible that Cerignolas are low in oil and are used exclusively as table olives, but I could not find out. If you know about Cerignolas, I would love to learn more.
In fact I’m going to ask the people at Kroger if they can help me – brilliant!
May the sun shine through your branches.