Are these olives from Italy?

Sep 23rd, 2004, 04:37 PM
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Are these olives from Italy?

Hi folks. I'm renovating my kitchen in a Tuscan style and am thinking of incorporating images of olives on squares of tumbled stone. I will choose the ones that I think look best, but I'm also determined to keep it "Italian". So...are any of the following olives primarily grown in Italy? My choices are:

Cailletier
Kalamata
Spanish (I'm guessing no!)
Pintacolos

Thanks so much for your help.
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Sep 23rd, 2004, 04:50 PM
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Kalamatas are Greek the others Spanish. There are so many olives from Italy in every area and all different but they will look alike so why worry just use the olive images without titles?
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Sep 23rd, 2004, 04:51 PM
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Because they actually have titles! Thanks for the info.
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Sep 23rd, 2004, 04:59 PM
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Am I on the right web site, or is this Home & Garden?
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Sep 23rd, 2004, 04:59 PM
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Kalamata - Grrek
Cailletier - French (Niçoise)
Pintacolo - I never heard of

But I guess they could also grow in Italy. I don't really know the names of Italian varieties of olives.
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Sep 23rd, 2004, 05:03 PM
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In reading up on italian olive oils, I read that four main types of Italian olives are Leccino, Moraiolo, Pendalino and Frantoio. That doesn't really help, though, since those don't appear to be among your options.
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Sep 23rd, 2004, 05:04 PM
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The word "frantoio" means olive press. I didn't know there was also an olive variety by that name.
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Sep 23rd, 2004, 05:05 PM
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Thanks for the info. Now, I'll just pick those that look the best and hope my guests are not as "olive savvy" as all of you!

kane, thanks for your indulgence. I know it was not really a travel question, but I need the answer in a hurry, and the people here have a wealth of information! Anyway, thanks!
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Sep 23rd, 2004, 05:08 PM
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To cmt: I know nothing of olives, only what I read. According to www.groworganic.com, a "frantoio" olive is the following:

Origin: Italy Classic Tuscan variety, produces very flavorful, fruity, sharp oil. Medium vigor. Glossy dark green leaves. Maturation is late & gradual. Rich in oil which is notably aromatic & of high quality. Self-fertile with high, constant productivity.

Olives! I didn't know they were so complicated - almost like grape varieties.
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Sep 23rd, 2004, 05:11 PM
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Just "pulling your leg." You're a good sport.
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there's another name also for the olive press that is almost sounding the same.
Sounds like a fun project, Irego, let us know how it turns out. If you google you'll see some tuscan paintings of olives.
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Someone should ask Martha before she serves her time. Anyone ever wonder how to cook for 1000 people? set a table or make to appropriate Christmas decoration while in prison?
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