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I just returned from Greece and am now looking for fresh olives. Anyone know where they have barrels of olives (kosher). I assume barrels are fresher than cans. I've also been told that it is preferable for olives, because they are cured, have heckshers. Send me on my way, please.

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  1. Without sounding too rough on you, you're NOT looking for fresh olives. Fresh olives are some of the worst tasting non-animal foods on the planet.

    That being said, I'd guess there's a kosher market in Brooklyn or the lower east side that has olives (probably the same places that sell pickles).

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    1. re: DeisCane

      Yes, I misspoke. I'm not looking for fresh, raw, inedible olives, but fresh TREATED/CURED edible olives.

    2. I may be totally mistaken about this, but I have a vague memory of seeing olives recently at Gourmet on J in Brooklyn - on Ave. J, between E. 14th and 15th. Not being much into olives myself, I seem to have a fleeting memory of noticing them there.
      I don't think that they were behind the counter, but in a separate area.Can anyone confirm this?

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      1. re: Bzdhkap

        Just confirmed my olive sighting today. Gourmet on J has a stand in the store, with quite a few varieties of olives in brine.

      2. amalya's on main street in queens has great freshly cured olives and other freshly pickeled veggies

        1. Don't know if the is a shlep for you, but Tavlin in Bellmore (Long Island) sells a bunch of types of olives from the barrel. The garlic & lemon is my favorite. It's a shomer shabbas Israeli grocery store.

          1. Sahadi's on Atlantic Ave has some great tasting olives. Not sure if they are Kosher but you can call n find out..


            1. The lower east side is the place to go. if you asked me a couple of months ago i would have told you to go to gus's pickles, which is a lower east side staple. However i went to the pickle guys on the corner of grand and essex, they were much better than gus's.
              they have olives stuffed with almost everything. pimentos, garlic cloves, hot peppers, almonds, etc.

                1. re: Himishgal

                  I have had these - they are sold at Fairway. I found them to be a bit hard for my tastes.

                2. Carmel in Kew Gardens is excellent. We also like Amalyas.

                  1. there is a kosher pickles and olive store ( under the Star-K) on 1st ave b/w 85th and 86th in Manhattan. Barrels with olives and pickles in this small storefront. I get my pickled tomatoes and Jalepeno stuffed olives there every week.