Native to the Mediterranean area, the olive is grown both for its fruit as well as its oil.
Dozens of olive varieties exist and they vary in size and flavor. The flavor of each olive variety depends on its ripeness, the location where it is grown, and the type of processing it undergoes (oil cured, brine cured or water-cured).
Selecting and Storing Olives
Olives in a can or jar can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 years. Once opened, keep olives refrigerated in their own liquid in a nonmetal container for several weeks.