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Jan 25, 2012 05:34 AM

Verdi Castelvetrano olives from Costco

I bought a container of these yesterday. The Castelvetranos I've had in the past were from olive bars or the Mezzatta brand. They've always been very mild flavored. The Verdis have quite a bit more bite. I wouldn't think they could go bad, at least not in the time they've been in the Costco case, but I could be wrong. Is this typical of this brand, or did I maybe get a bad tub? There's no expiration date on them.

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  1. They're one of my go to olives from Costco, I've never had a problem with them.

    1. They're a bit astringent and forward, it's not a bad tub. Never had other than Costco's (which I love) so don't have a comparison.

      1. I saw a similar posting here a few months ago, but they weren't available here in Winchester, Manassas and Fairfax, VA. I checked at Customer Service and there were none in the whole east coast region. Where are you shopping - Thanks.

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        1. re: Rella

          This was the Costco in Spokane, Washington.

        2. I've only gotten them from WF prior to finding them at Costco and I think the Costco version is better as these rest in the brine and buying from an olive bar means you don't get brine (usually) Ours taste the same as any others we've had. There is an expiration on all the packages we've purchased at Costco however, take a closer look at your package, I think the expiration date is very faint on the packaging.

          Here in KC, we are down to a vew tubs of them and I'm afraid they won't replenish which is a shame since they are so good and so much less expensive than buying them at 9.99 a pound.

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          1. re: ChandraNH

            If you have an Italian deli in your are you can do much better than $10 a pound. More like $2.99 or $3.99.

            1. re: ferret

              the one near me in KC (Italian deli) is still 8.99 a pound, so no savings there.

            2. re: ChandraNH

              I bought on the same day at one of the major up-scale supermarkets, both Castelvetrano and Cerignola (sp?). They were both in brine. When I got home, and tasted them, loh & behold! they both tasted alike - certainly not even that good - certainly not worth the price.

              What caused this? I believe it must be the brine they sit in. Nothing distinct about either one of them. This certainly has turned me off buying off these stainless steel carts of olives.

              Another complaint I have buying off these stable-carts is their (whose?) addition of canola oil to the brine. I'm certainly glad it is itemized so that I know what olive to avoid.

              1. re: Rella

                I stay away from those open displays of food, bulk containers, salad bars etc, ya never know how many little kids snotty hands have gone through them.

                1. re: treb

                  Yes, I once watched a customer at WF pick out olives off the olive bar, with his fingers, from several containers. I also watched the owner at a local italian deli, pop olives into his mouth, from the bulk container, several times while waiting on my food there.

                  1. re: treb

                    How about the old guys that keep their well-used cotton hanky in their pocket and bring it out at certain times. Well, I can't really say that I've seen them dipping into the olive bars, but I've certainly seen a certain someone going thru the restaurant salad bars picking up food with that well-used hanky hanging out of his pocket. Scolding never makes a difference to certain folks.