Break from the Grind February 12, 2018
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What is the difference between a green olive and a black olive?
One may think that green and black olives are two different fruits (or vegetables?).
Reported by PS
First of all, according to the Oxford dictionary, an olive, just like a plum or a cherry, is a fruit. The olive is the small, bitter-tasting fruit of the olive tree, Olea europea. Olives are classified as fruit because they’re formed from the ovary of the olive flower, and they’re seed-bearing structures—the pits could grow into trees if you planted them. In culinary terms, however, olives are like those other fruit, tomatoes, and are treated as a vegetable.
Green olives are not from a different tree than black olives, they are just picked before they are ripe.
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