Are all olives raw?
In most cases jarred/tinned olives are pasteurised and often lye (a caustic chemical used in some cleaning products) is used during the curing process. Because Lye is used to cure the olives and thus rinsed away there is no reason for olive companies to list it in the ingredients therefore we would never know one way or another.
Our olives are NOT treated using Lye, these olives are produced in Greece using traditional methods of curing by bathing the olives for long periods of time in brine (salty water) to remove the bitterness. They are then packaged with a little olive oil and vinegar in order to preserve the flavours. These olives are reddish brown in colour and are vinegary in taste.
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