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May 30, 2008 01:20 PM

Where to buy fresh Castelvetrano Olives?

Anyone have a source (grocery, farm, etc anything) for fresh castelvetrano olives?

I'd like to marinate them myself, since the ones in stores have usually been soaking too long and are soggy, nothing like fresh.

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  1. Hi,

    You can try Savory Gourmet (310) 391-5422 they carry Italian Castelvetrano Olives

    1. Castelvetrano isn't an olive cultivar, it's a place in Sicily. I don't think the Nocellara olives they use are grown here. In any case, olives are harvested in the fall.

      The Cheese Board was carrying some fabulous Castelvetrano olives for a while, but they switched to an inferior brand after they found out the good ones had food coloring in them.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        thanks for the clarification. That explains a lot.

        The Castelvetrano olives from Cheese Board were some of the ones I was disappointed with. They were almost purple, soggy and not the meaty texture and bright green that I like. Perhaps the Rainbow Grocery the other CHer suggested!

        1. re: StephP

          Cheese Board's used to be bright green (from food coloring) and meaty. They were the best simple, fruity-style green olives I've had around here.

          Next time I'm in there I'm going to ask for the name of their old brand.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            *laugh* i must like food coloring!

            in all seriousness, not necessarily. but since the "perfect" castelvetrano that i had, happened to be bright green, i've been associating "yummy" with "bright green". what impressed me was the texture and what it was marinated in made it flavorful and not just salty. suzette from aquerello (sp?) brought them in for a food-wine seminar and they were fab.

          2. re: StephP

            I asked about the old brand, and all the guy could tell me was that the distributor was the Cheese Works. I called them and they said they never carried them. They suggested I check with the Olive Works (which has never carried them either) and that I check out what's available at the Pasta Shop.

          3. re: Robert Lauriston

            We've gotten good ones from the Pasta Shop recently.

          4. They sell them at Whole Foods on California, but my favorite place to get them is Rainbow Grocery on Folsom. Theirs are superb.

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            1. re: YHL

              Just picked some up at Rainbow grocery. They're plump, firm, green, and maybe 25% have the barest hint of purpling on one side of them. The ingredients said nothing about food coloring.

              They taste good, not earth shattering. I don't have much of a baseline to compare to.

              1. re: YHL

                I've had them from Lucca Ravioli Company in the Mission . . . very meaty, good texture, yes, green but not fluorescent . . .

              2. Say Cheese! in Cole Valley carries the nice, meaty, bright green version. I've also purchased them at Whole Foods, but they weren't quite as nice as the ones at Say Cheese!

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                  Say Cheese
                  856 Cole St, San Francisco, CA