For many of us, there is no food tastier and healthier than a good variety of table olives. Although there are also people who, perhaps because of prejudice, have not given them a chance and have not tried them.



Varieties of table olives, do you know them?

Olives, also called olives, are a fleshy drupe fruit of the olive tree. They are harvested at the right stage of ripeness and quality. They are subjected to a certain production process in order to provide a ready-to-eat product.

Olives are made up of three parts:

  • The outer part would be the shell.
  • The middle part, from where the 70% is extracted from the oil.
  • The internal part, from where the remaining 30% is extracted from the oil.

Depending on the olive variety, olives can be used for oil production, table olives or both.



Most common types of table olives

There are many varieties of table olives, but in this post we want to focus on the most common ones in Spain.

  • Manzanilla Oliveis the most popular variety in the world, thanks to its quality. It is mainly grown in Seville, Huelva and Extremadura. Its main use is for table olives as an aperitif. It is not very common to find oils of this variety.
  • Gordal olivesIt is characterised by its large size. The texture is fleshy and the flavour is very intense due to its fermentation process. It is the table olive par excellence, due to its large size it can be stuffed or eaten alone.
  • Verdial olive: It is so called because when it has finished ripening it is still green in colour. There are 3 types: Verdial de Huevar, Verdial de Vélez-Málaga and Verdial de Badajoz.
  • Lechín or Cuquillo olives: It is so called because of its whitish colour. It has a mild apple flavour with bitter and slightly spicy hints.
  • Hojiblanca olives: It is characterised by its taste and aroma of freshly cut grass. It has a sweet taste with a slight bitterness.

Here are the reasons why you should eat olives, see what you think!



Reasons for eating table olives

If you are not a regular consumer of table olives, we hope these reasons will convince you:

  • They have multiple benefits and properties, reduce bad cholesterol and strengthen the immune system, due to the vitamins A and E they contain.
  • They are very light and digestive, a food that should not be missing in your diet. But remember... the recommended ration is 7 olives a day, equivalent to 40 calories.
  • There are many varieties of table olives. With or without stone, stuffed, etc. so that you can find the one that best suits your tastes.
  • It is the ideal snack, as it can be consumed at any time of the day.
  • You can incorporate them into any recipe.
  • This food is the most characteristic in Spain.

Have these reasons convinced you? As we have already mentioned, table olives have multiple benefits and properties, but we are going to explain more about what these benefits consist of.



Benefits of table olives

Apart from being the best appetizer, you can combine them with any recipe and they are delicious! Many people are unaware that olives are a fruit full of health benefits and properties. We are going to give you reasons to like them:



They are very good for your cardiovascular system

It is important to highlight its high power to prevent heart and circulatory diseases. Inside each olive there are monounsaturated fats (the good fats). These help to increase good cholesterol and reduce the risk of hardening of the arteries and the risk of disease over time.



They are not fattening

They are digestive. The olives make digestion easier, thanks to their high fibre and fatty acids. They are rich in minerals, especially sodium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, iodine and potassium. This richness makes them olives are a source of high-value nutrients for your body.

If consumed in moderation, it can help maintain normal weight.




They offer you a large amount of antioxidants, thanks to their high content of vitamins A, B and E.



Improve memory

The antioxidant power of table olives, together with their high content of minerals such as phosphorus, potassium and magnesium, favours brain function and improves memory.



Energy source

They are rich in iron, which is a very essential component for transporting oxygen throughout the body, which is actively involved in the process of transforming fats into energy.



Do you know the relationship between olives and cholesterol?

I'm sure you've heard of it, there is a very direct relationship between the consumption of table olives and the maintenance of the recommended cholesterol levels. It has been proven that eating olives lowers cholesterol.

A study conducted by the European Food Safety Agencyindicates that the levels of polyphenols contained in olives serve to prevent oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (also known as "bad cholesterol" or "LDL cholesterol") and also to prevent them from accumulating and hardening the artery walls. The study therefore determines that polyphenol consumption directly prevents the oxidation of bad cholesterol.



Just the right amount of table olives

As we have already mentioned, they contain many beneficial properties for our organism and also prevent illnesses.

The calorie content is low, although its consumption must be controlled, like any other food.

Some experts believe that the quantity is 7 units per day.



Have you tried our table olives?

We produce high quality varieties of table olives. At Aceitunas Escamillas, we are experts, so if you want to enjoy delicious and nutritious olives, trust us. We have a wide catalogue where you can choose the ones you like best.


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