Olives are small fruits obtained from olive trees, which can be enjoyed in sandwiches, tacos, pizzas, pastas and salads. Weighing three to five grams, this fruit is green when immature and mostly turns to black when completely ripe. Belonging to stone fruit or drupes group of fruit, it is also used in making olive oil. The production of oil is carried out by using the healthy fats in olives. This fruit is good for heart and other organs of the body due to the antioxidants, carbs, protein and fiber present in it. The whole olives are often cured and fermented in order to make them suitable for eating, as raw olives are bitter in taste. However, there are a few varieties of olives that can be consumed without processing.
- There are several methods to process olives and each method takes a specified period.
- The taste, color and texture of the fruit are affected during processing.
- Snacking olives is helpful in preventing heart disease and cancer.
- The antioxidants and fatty acids in the olives are good for the skin and hair health.
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