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7 Ways to Enjoy Jeff’s Naturals Organic Kalamata Olives

All About A Kalamata

Kalamatta Olives

There is something special about Kalamata Olives, sometimes referred to as “Greek olives”. What makes them so unique? Is it the flavor? The meaty texture? The distinctive almond shape or the rich dark color?  Whatever it is, Kalamata Olives are a staple in Mediterranean households and the highlight of many healthy dishes.

Jeff’s Naturals Organic Pitted Whole Kalamata Olives and Organic Sliced Greek Kalamata Olives are Gluten Free, Non-GMO Verified, Organic and Vegan. Though there are countless ways to enjoy them.  Here are seven tasty ideas:

1. Toss pitted Jeff’s Naturals Organic Pitted Whole Kalamata Olives with feta cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, olive oil and red wine vinegar for a refreshing Greek salad.

2. Serve them as part of a gourmet cheese plate or antipasto platter. Enjoy with Romano and/or Feta cheese and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot (from Napa Valley of course)!

3. Combine Jeff’s Naturals Organic Pitted Whole Kalamata Olives in a food processor with garlic, anchovy filets, capers, lemon juice, and olive oil for a terrific tapenade. Spread it on fish or chicken before baking or serve it as a spread with crackers or crusty bread.

4. Dress up a plain cheese pizza with a handful of Organic Sliced Greek Kalamata Olives and a sprinkling of minced fresh oregano.

5. Sauté diced onions and minced garlic in olive oil, toss in a handful of sliced or pitted Kalamata Olives and a cup or two of diced tomatoes. Simmer and serve over chicken or fish with a garnish of minced fresh herbs.

6. Serve Jeff’s Naturals Kalamata Olives alongside hummus and feta cheese with warm pita triangles.

7. Make a memorable omelet by adding Organic Sliced Greek Kalamata Olives and a dollop of tangy goat cheese.

We have gone through great lengths to ensure our Organic Kalamata Olives are the highest quality. Our olives are grown in Kalamata, Greece and the surrounding countryside. We source our olives from small family farms in Greece with whom we’ve been working for many years. Jeff and our Italy-based import manager visit Greece frequently throughout the harvest to ensure that only the best quality of olives.

Here are some additional recipes featuring Jeff’s Naturals Kalamata Olives.  Enjoy!

Pasta Nicoise
Indian Summer Palette Salad
Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini
Encrusted Salmon with Olive Pesto
Deep Dish Party Pizzas
Mediterranean Couscous
Watermelon, Olive, Jalapeño and Feta Salad

Whole Foods Tribal Bazaar

At Jeff’s Naturals, we spend a lot of time traveling to meet with natural foods retailers and members of their team. It’s always a pleasure to be a part of events where we can introduce our unique products to new people!

We recently had the pleasure of attending the Whole Foods Tribal Bazaar in the port city of Richmond, CA.  This special event gives Whole Foods employees a chance to sample and learn more about the natural brands sold in their stores.  This results in more knowledgeable store employees and the ability to assist their customers even more.

The event was resounding success and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting lots of new faces while distributing samples of our peppers and olives sold in their stores. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with so many wonderful Whole Foods team members and answer their questions!

Needless to say, we had lots of fun making new friends and checking out some of the other vendors on the floor along with some fun sites.  In addition to mouth watering food and drink samples, we were wowed by all of the natural wellness vendors and exciting entertainment from roaming dancers and contortionists!  Here are some of the fun snapshots we took of the event:

Enjoying the shade
Taking a break from the local food vendors who were serving up complimentary goodies. The vendors served everything from Tamales to Malaysian food….Coffee, Ice cream and more!  Check out how huge the sign is!
Enjoying a little bistro dining. Smells like heaven here. Or is that sausage?
Rosie The Riveter Museum was adjacent to the pavilion where our event was taking place!  This is a wonderful place to learn more about life in the United States  during WWII and the important role women played during this time. Those are Whole Foods team members sending smiles!