Buffet Olive Farm, Paarl

I learned so much today! What a lovely event #OliveDay

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I was invited to tour the Buffet Olives Farm last week and I learned A LOT. I’m not a huge fan of olives, so I was a little outside my comfort zone but, as usual, that was where I found I grew the most.

I had no idea that Buffet Olives is the largest producer of table olives in South Africa. Did you know that they have been supplying us with olives for the last 48 years? This means that if you’re in a supermarket and you’re buying olives, you’re probably buying a olives grown on the Buffet Olive Farm.  No matter what the name on the packaging says.

I was under the impression that buying the store brand variety was just a matter of packaging, but this is not the case. Each brand has specified the finer details of what goes into their store brand products which, means that the recipe or processing differs.

So, if you think that you’re buying PnP brand olives, while you’re are getting olives from the Buffet farm,  the olives in the Buffet packaging are processed using a different recipe.

Buffet Olive Farm, Paarl

Buffet olives grows 4 different cultivars of olives namely, Mission, Manzanilla, Barouni and Kalamata. Mission olives are the most popular olive grown South Africa, because they can be turned into either table olives or olive oil. They can also be reliably processed under a wide range of conditions.

Manzanilla means “small apple” because of their symmetrical apple shape. Barouni is marketed as queen olives in South Africa and weighs in at around 9-10 grams, while the Kalamata olive weighs in at 3-6 grams per olive.

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Image source: Buffet Olives, Go4Word PR

I was glad to find out that I wasn’t the only one working under the incorrect assumption that you get green olive trees and black olive trees. All olives are green and they will all turn black eventually but it depends on how the farm processes them that makes the difference.

In terms of health benefits, olives are a great source of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Eating 10 lives before a meal will reduce your appetite by up to 22%. Olives also contain vitamin A which is crucial for healthy eyes. If you’re looking to reduce your bad cholesterol and increase the production of good cholesterol, olives contain the healthy fat that does just that.

Do you love olives? Which kind is your favourite? Let me know in the comments box below.

1 Comment

  1. Herby Richa

    July 14, 2018 at 7:31 am

    I bought the tins of calamata olives from Makro I’m so disgusted with them they are as small as peanuts and I’ve been buying these olives all the time this is the second time this has happened to me it will be the last time I will buy these olives if this is what you get in the tins YES the ones in plastic sleeves great because you can see them

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