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Colossal Greek Olives

Available from the Charcuterie Suzanne Delicatessen counter at Arkadia Foodstore Gozo

Colossal Greek Olives

Colossal Greek olives, also known as Halkidiki olives, are an iconic olive variety native to the Halkidiki region of Greece. These large, oval-shaped olives are distinctively plump and firm, making them a popular choice for olive enthusiasts.

These kind of Greek olives are usually harvested while green and undergo a careful curing process to remove their natural bitterness. They are then brined in a saltwater solution or marinated in olive oil with various herbs and spices, like oregano, garlic, and lemon zest. This curing process enhances their flavours, resulting in a buttery and slightly tangy taste.

Their size and flavour make them a fantastic addition to charcuterie boards, antipasti platters, or served on their own as a delightful snack. Their versatility extends to incorporating them into salads, pasta dishes, and Mediterranean-inspired recipes. With their delectable taste and healthful properties, colossal Greek olives continue to tantalize taste buds and showcase the rich culinary heritage of Greece on a global scale.

Apart from their culinary appeal, colossal Greek olives hold cultural significance in Greek traditions, with olive trees symbolizing peace, fertility, and prosperity.

Packed with monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, colossal Greek olives offer various health benefits, promoting heart health and combating oxidative stress.

Recipe: Olive Paste

Time: 5 mins
Servings: 4


  • 300g olives, pitted
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 3 tbsp olive oil + extra for garnish
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Quarter of a lemon zest
  • 1 tsp dried oregano, rosemary, or thyme
  • Black pepper, for seasoning
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish


1. Place all ingredients, except for the garnish, into a food processor and pulse until the mixture achieves the desired consistency.

2. Serve as a spread and garnish with some olive oil, black pepper and chopped parsley.

Best enjoyed with some fresh bread or bread sticks!

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