Black olives are sweeter, softer and fruitier than green olives. Add this paste to all of your favorite pastas and sauces for a salty and fruity kick of flavor and texture. Or, spread it on toast as an appetizer.
The color of black olives has nothing to do with their breed, but with the way they are processes. Black olives are picked after they have been allowed to vine ripen and then they are cured in a brining solution. Their dark color only intensifies as they drink up their salty bath water. Their meat is soft and tender and is and their aroma is distinctive and a little salty.
Black olive paste is a concoction made from ground up black olives, any assortment or selection will do, along with olive oil, garlic, seasoning and spices and several other classic Italian ingredients. This paste is a wonderfully flavorful ingredient and can be used countless ways. Spreading a spoonful on a crostini is sometimes a good enough use of this delicious and savory spread, but other, more in depth recipes do exist. Add some of this paste to dips, pasta sauces, or vegetable soups.
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