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Your all time favorite olives

Never had an olive until I was about thirty.
I like the green ones with the anchovy in them and black olives from the tin.
The odd time I've seen a whole bunch of olive types in a display case I don't know what ones to try.
I don't like too salty or strong flavoured/vinegary ones.
Can you suggest some olive types that I may try considering my taste in just two types so far?

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  1. Cerignola and Castelvetrano olives are both delicious, milder varieties. Meaty and fabulous.

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    1. re: biondanonima

      The Castelvetrano is just a perfect olive, but then I've never met an olive I didn't like.

    2. I am addicted to Lucques. Crispy, buttery, utterly delicious. I, too, prefer mild olives.

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      1. re: Pwmfan

        Thanks very much! Please keep the suggestions coming. I'm making a list and when I have a few more names I'm headed out to try to find some.

        1. re: Pwmfan

          I love Lucques also, I haven't had them in ages either darn. I can't find them locally since we moved.

          1. re: rasputina

            Don't know where you are located, but I just bought some in a jar at Trader Joe's.

            1. re: critter101

              I don't have TJs either, but thanks for posting. All I've got is Sprouts and their olive bar leaves much to be desired. The kalamatas are pitted for example...sigh. I've only ever seen Lucques at Whole Foods olive bar.

          1. re: melpy

            But, in my opinion, they need to be purchased at an Italian deli. I find the Middle Eastern variety a bit too salty.

            1. re: melpy

              Those might be "too salty or strong flavored" for the OP though...

            2. kalamata, ni├žoise, lucques

              1. As a kid, think I was one of few "kids" who like olives. They usually showed up in a holiday relish dish... green w/pimentos and black outta a can.

                I like calamata olives best, though open to trying other varieties.