The Kalamata olive is a large, purple olive with a smooth, meaty texture. Named after the city of Kalamata in the southern Peloponnese, Greece, Kalamata olives have become a prime export that shows off the bright taste of the Mediterranean. Often used as pizza toppings, tossed in Greek salads, or served on charcuterie boards, they are typically preserved in wine vinegar or olive oil.
What can I make with Kalamata olives?
The tangy acidity of Kalamata olives makes them a delicious addition to Mediterranean cooking. Serve a traditional Greek salad with Kalamata olives, tomato, and feta cheese, topped with extra virgin olive oil. Use them as a homemade pizza topping with feta and Italian sausage, or bake with chicken and orzo. Place a bowl of Kalamata olives on a charcuterie board to pair with halloumi and gouda cheese.
Where can I buy Kalamata olives?
Supermarket Italy offers a variety of premium Kalamata olive brands that come fresh from the Mediterranean. Enjoy Greek Kalamata olives from Hellenic Farms, Trea, Iliada, as well as Italian-grown olives from Sanniti.