Olive Tasting Guide

Like wine (grapes) or chocolate and coffee (beans), each olive varietal has a distinct set of characteristics that impart vastly diverse flavor, color and texture.

COLOR

Light/Bright Green

Flavor

Mild, sweet, floral

Olives

Castelvetrano, Frescatrano™

Pairings

Brie, Burrata, Mozzarella, Prosciutto

COLOR

Grassy Green

Flavor

Herbal, buttery

Olives

Mt. Athos, Cerignola

Pairings

Cheddar, Chèvre, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Prosciutto

COLOR

Blonde/Light Brown

Flavor

Fruity, nutty

Olives

Greek or Italian Olive Mix

Pairings

Manchego, Feta, Mahón, Serrano Ham

COLOR

Purple/Eggplant

Flavor

Smoky, fruity

Olives

Kalamata

Pairings

Feta, Goat, Blue, Fennel Salami

COLOR

Black (Brine Cured)

Flavor

Mild, nutty, fruity

Olives

Black Ripe

Pairings

Fontina, Asiago, Swiss, Gruyere, Calabrese Salami

COLOR

Black (Oil/Salt Cured)

Flavor

Deeply fruity (licorice), aromatic, bitter

Olives

Thassos

Pairings

Blue, Gorgonzola, Goat, Sopressata

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