On a rainy day at the end of March, I made my way to Tulbagh to attend my first event as the newest member of the SA Olive team. The Tulbagh Valley is beautiful any day of the year, but with water-heavy clouds gently clinging to the mountain slopes, it’s magical.
Olives should be relatively firm, and never mushy or visibly bruised. If you’re shopping for olives at a store’s “olive bar,” look for olives dressed in brine, which helps them retain their moisture and flavour. They should also be turned over frequently for freshness. Alternatively purchase olives in a jar.