Castillan Green Olives - not pitted - 10 oz/280 gr by Mustapha's Moroccan, Morocco.
Moroccans love their olives with strong flavors, and any authentic Moroccan meal will offer one or more varieties. Starting with top quality Moroccan Picholine olives, it adds two kinds of forward flavor to heat up Castillan olives - broad heat from red chili pepper and crisp heat of fresh mint leaves. It also adds a bit of preserved lemon to create olives that are bright on the palate while maintaining a wonderfully full flavor reminiscent of the corner of the Mediterranean.
The flavor of these wonderful Moroccan olives continues to develop as they marinate in their jar. If you are not a big fan of "heat" with your olives, but you want to enjoy one of the essential products of Moroccan cuisine, then these olives are just right for you.
Over the last two millennia the indigenous Berber peoples have endured invasion and conquest, each culture that came left its mark on the land, its people, their cuisine. A wealth of culinary creativity and the amazing quality of the bounty of ingredients from the everyday to the exotic make Morocco a culinary mecca.
Introduced and re-introduced over the centuries, olive cultivation is central to Moroccan cuisine and culture. One can understand then why the Moroccans are masters of curing, marinating and infusing olives, and why they eat olives with just about every meal, even breakfast.
Olives were most likely first planted in ancient times, and each succeeding culture that invaded and stayed planted or replanted. The best olives come from the foot of the Atlas Mountains.