A large part of our menu consists of sharing plates and of course, the ultimate sharing food is olives. We serve ours marinated with a selection of Spelt breads, delicious!
Olives come in varying shades of green and black, depending on when they are picked. Green ones are unripened, while black ones are fully ripe. They are perfect for using in cooking or can be consumed whole, once cured and marinated, with the stone removed or pitted.
Rich in antioxidants
Olives are packed full of plant compounds called polyphenols, which have effective antioxidant properties. These compounds can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
One of the polyphenols in olives is called oleocanthal, which shares the same pharmacological activity as ibuprofen, and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.
May support bone health
Studies in animals have shown that plant compounds in olives have helped prevent bone loss, and although these findings are not yet proven in humans, those who follow a Mediterranean diet appear to have a lower fracture rate.
Olives are one of the most popular fermented foods and by consuming them, you are adding beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your intestinal flora, increasing the health of your gut microbiome and digestive system.
If this blog post has got you craving some olives, why not book a table and tuck into some here with us?