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Where can I learn about different Olives?

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I often pass by the olive displays at Whole Foods and St. Lawrence Market and don't know where to start.
Are there any classes or tastings offerred in the GTA where I can learn what is what?

P.S. I have been to Olive & Olives on Queen East which has a great assortment of Olive Oil but no olives. With the exception of the horrendously olive colored bags the give with a purchase, two thumbs up.

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St. Lawrence Market
92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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  1. The best thing would be just research it online, all the information is easy to find, then you can just shop for different varieties and test them out to see what they are all about.

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    1. re: jmarcroyal

      I don't remember if the Bulk Barn carries them, but it's a good place to get some to try. When I get back from Europe I'll be chasing some Spanish olives. They are fantastic.

    2. I would suggesst going to a place that has a good selection when it's quieter and asking a few questions. The ladies behind the counter at Arz Fine Foods are pretty good at giving descriptions and will let you try some out. All the Best used to have a small, well chosen bunch.

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      Arz
      1909 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

      1. There is a great store on the Danforth that sells olives and olive oil. The owner is very nice and very generous with samples. Olives are his families business, I"m sure he would take the time to help you out and give you explanations.

        http://www.uzelolive.com/

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        1. re: Baelsette

          Where is the store on Danforth?

          1. re: Herne

            974 Danforth Ave., near Donlands

        2. Maybe instead of "passing by" the olive displays, stop and buy some olives. Take them home. Look at them, smell them, touch them. Then eat them. You should find much about what is what with this method.

          1. Best thing is, as has been suggested, to just get some.

            Here's a handy guide:

            http://www.foodsubs.com/Olivpick.html