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I like olives and eat them occasionally, usually when they are bar snacks. Recently at the lobby bar in The Marriott Dead Sea the bar staff have been giving me a small bowl of olives with my drink, usually about 6-8 olives in the bowl. I've always known they were meant to be good for you but was just reading that "experts" recommend eating about 7 olives a day. So just wondering if anyone does this and whether they have noticed any health benefits?

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Green and black in Makro everywhere. Good Med food with gouda and olive oil. Not so strange up here in the sticks.

I like them, too. Odd that Euro olives don't slap on a 200% tax but a simple piece of (Indian) nan or (Mexican) tortilla is outrageous.

 

Anyway back to olives -- available everywhere. I like to make a plate of olives and cheese when a big game comes on.

 

If you've ever lived in a big city in the west, and wanted to eat foreign food, you would likely pay a premium.

 

Here, it's a pisstake. You get tired of it after a few months.

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Olives are comparatively expensive here, though jars of them are available in any major grocery. Years ago, I used to buy olives for 20 baht a jar at the Wan Phra market at Wat Mahathat, next to the University of Fine Arts (Silpakorn), where I was then teaching. They were among the many airline items that were salvaged at the end of flights by Thais working at Don Muang Airport. I used to load up every week on cheap cheese for 10 to baht a package, plus the occasional bottle of French or German wine. Then in the 1990s, a new abbot decided that having a market in a royal temple was improper and kicked the market out. I was told the folks selling the airline items moved to Chatuchak, but Chatuchak is a long way for me to go just for cheap cheese and olives.

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Ever tried a nice fresh olive right off the tree? Yummy. :)

 

They are not yummy at all, they would eat your teeth with their bitterness.

 

I went camping in Greece and set my tent under some trees one night and had olives dropping onto the tent all night. I tried one that had dropped off and it tasted fecking awful.

 

They undergo a process for months and months to get rid of the bitterness, even commercially. The best ones take nine months to prepare.

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