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Good source of Moroccan olives

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GEC Feb 5, 2012 12:37 AM

In Arabesque, Claudia Roden says that Moroccan olives are "among the best in the world." She mentions that they can be green, violet or black, and that the green variety is salt-cured, the black ones are salted and sun-dried, and the violet olives are cured in bitter orange juice.

Please recommend your favorite brand/online source for Moroccan olives! Bonus points if they are pitted.

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    Harters Feb 5, 2012 04:01 AM

    Not that I've previously particularly looked for Moroccan olives, I wouldnt need to look further than Crespo. The company's products are widely available.

    http://www.rhamar.com/Brands/Crespo/t...

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    1. re: Harters
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      GEC Feb 7, 2012 11:25 PM

      Thanks, Harters. They don't seem to carry the kinds of olives Roden was describing, but I will keep them in mind if I want some ordinary, good olives.

    2. kubasd Feb 7, 2012 11:54 PM

      Just curious, why would you want pitted olives? IMHO, non-pitted olives are vastly superior to those that have not been pitted, both in taste and texture. It is pretty easy to pit them as needed...

      I did find these links, though, online.

      http://www.tagines.com/pd_moroccan_olive_collection.cfm

      http://www.amazon.com/Mustaphas-Moroc...

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        GEC Feb 10, 2012 10:24 PM

        Thanks, that first link looks promising!

        As for the question of pitting... I find pitting olives to be incredibly tedious, and I don't like food products that make me do extra work! The texture of pitted olives doesn't bother me, and my palate is perhaps not sophisticated enough to notice a difference in taste.

      2. iL Divo Feb 11, 2012 07:08 AM

        I wanna thank Harters and kubasd, those links are promising for the future.
        I ADORE olives

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