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Castelvetrano olives

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Only recently discovered these on the olive bar at Kroger. They rarely have them. Got some today! They are so good. Anyone use them in salads or cooking? Also, has anyone tried any of the canned ones? I doubt they'd be very good, but one can always hope, right?

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  1. I haven't seen many different brands of Castelvetranos in my area, but I like the jarred ones by Mezzetta. They carry them at Cost Plus. A lot of people like the refrigerated ones that Costco has, but I didn't care for them.

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    1. re: gmm

      Thanks. I think I saw Mezzetta here. If I see them again, I'll give them a try.

    2. You can get them at Costco, located where the pickles, mustard etc are located, large 32 oz jar of pitted are $8.00.

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      1. re: treb

        The better ones are in the refrigerated section at Costco. The deepness of the flavor is missing in the jarred olives. If you are near an Italian deli you can generally get the best price. Although the larger stores that have these in their olive bars charge around $10/pound, you can get them for about $2.99-$3.99/pound from the Italian delis (they come in large buckets).

        1. re: ferret

          No Costco or Italian deli here sadly. A fellow shopper said she could get great olives for $2.99 lb. at Italian shops in her hometown. I am green with envy.

          1. re: ferret

            Our Costco doesn't carry the refrigerated ones, but I bought the ones in the shelf-stable jar recently and I wasn't impressed. The flavor is bland and the texture is rather mushy. Bummer.

            1. re: biondanonima

              It's amazing how widely quality can vary in packaged foods, isn't it? We got a jar at Costco with olives that were firm and flavourful; alas, my niece laid waste to that jar during a picnic and I barely got more than a handful (the kid LOVES olives!).

        2. I liked Castelvetranos too. Until I found out the reason they are so strikingly green is because they are dyed. Ick.

          I guess it's most shady because they don't even list it on the label. But I have a friend in Italy who confirmed for me that they naturally should be a hay green color.

          Even Whole Foods has the bright green ones. Not cool.

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          1. re: 1flychicken

            There are several producers that do use a chlorophyl dye to give the olives a sustained bright green colour. Typically the dye is added to avoid the colour changes that are imparted from the process of oxidation of the olives. There are several producers that do not add dyes so your safe if you want to indulge in these olives just need to know your producer. I love these olives too and would never want to be ingesting dyes!