Make Your Own Green Olives!
I always prefer making things at home, I feel that I have all the control then. Green olives are one of those homemade things I love. Curing green olives is one of our preparations for Winter. You know a typical Turkish breakfast must have both black and green olives. We’ve learnt how to cure green olives from mom. We can’t find fresh green olives in Eskisehir, its extremely cold climate is not good for olive trees, so my parents send about 10 kilos of fresh olives from the South in Autumn, we cure them and have until the end of summer, so we never buy it from markets. I haven’t tried to make black olives. Yet! Mom II makes it for us every year, so we never have to buy its market version, either. I can hear what you say, “how lucky you are!”
Fresh olives are picked by hand in October in the South part of Turkey, so this month is the ideal month to cure green olives. My dad says that it’s very important to pick them with hands so that they are not damaged. If there are any olives which drop on the ground and damaged, these are kept separately and taken to olive oil factories. Producers sell their best crops at open markets and have the rest transformed into olive oil. Some producers even cure olives in jars and sell them at bazaar.
Suggested recipes with green olives: