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Taste Test: Kalamata Olives

Any sundowner tastes even better served with a bowl of olives. We tested nine brands of kalamata olives, and these came out tops:

WINNER

 

 

Our blind taste test revealed that Woolworths Choice Grade Kalamata Olives (R44,95 for 425g) is the brand to choose. Our testers loved the colour, aroma, texture and aftertaste.

 

 

GREAT VALUE

 

 

Costas Kalamata Olives (R11,99 for 200g, Pick n Pay) scored high, with our testers highlighting their lovely shape and size, flavour and aftertaste, and fruity aroma.

 

 

NICE SIZE

 

Our testers praised the size of the Goedgedacht Calamata Style Olives (R10,99 for 200g, Pick n Pay). They had a soft texture, fruity aroma and pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

 

 

Also Tested:

 

 

Buffet Olives

 

 

These olives were inconsistent in size and had a mild bitterness, but a fruity aroma. They were more brown than purple in colour, with a soft and mushy texture.

Price: R12,49 for 200g

 

 

PnP Calamata Style

 

 

 

These olives were very bitter and soft. They had a dark colour and were inconsistent in size.

Price: R11,49 for 200g

 

 

Woolworths Pitted Kalamata & Green Olives

 

 

These well-balanced, fruity olives performed well in our test. They were crunchy and had a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Price: R21,95 for 70g

 

 

Woolworths Kalamata Olives in Brine

 

 

 

Their fruity aroma and crunchy texture were a hit with our tasters. They had a bitter flavour and good size.

Price: R29,95 for 280g

 

 

Darling Olives

 

 

These olives had a fruity aroma and were smaller than the other olives we tested. They were soft and had a bitter taste.

Price: R9,99 for 200g

 

 

Tuna Marina

 

 

These olives had a bitter and sour taste. Our tasters were pleased with their fruity aroma and good, oval size.

Price: R15, 99 for 200g

 

 

 

 

 

 

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