In our latest issue (on sale now) Penny Woodward talks all things olives, including how you can grow them in your own backyard. And once grown, you will need the following recipe:
Olives in brine
5kg fresh olives (black or green), stalks removed
6–8 lemons, sliced thickly
Place olives in a large container and fill with fresh water until olives are covered. Drain and change water every day, for 10–12 days. Drain olives and place in airtight containers interspersed with oregano sprigs and sliced lemons.
Make the brine by dissolving salt in enough water to completely cover olives (about 5L). Heat gently in a saucepan until all salt is dissolved. Pour over olives, oregano and lemon slices until they are covered and seal the containers. Leave in a cool, dry, dark position for about 2 months for black olives, and 3 months for green olives. At this point, taste an olive, if it is still bitter then leave for another week or two.
Pick up our latest issue for Penny's tips plus more information on growing onions, making a wicking bed and beekeeping. Head to Organic Gardener for more details on how to get a copy.
By: Penny Woodward
First published: February 2020