Olives

There are many olives varieties in Egypt. The fruits can be harvested green (Unripe) or fully ripened to black,

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There are many olives varieties in Egypt. The fruits can be harvested green (Unripe) or fully ripened to black, or any stage in between. The key to olives’ flavor, color and texture is the moment of harvesting. Olives should be processed before eating. Extracting oil from olives became an important industry because olive oil has proven its importance in lowering the risks of heart disease, reducing hypertension and stroke. Olive oil also protects the body against oxidants and decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes. Besides its health importance, olive oil is recommended to get healthy hair, nails and skin. Olives’ season in Egypt begins from August until the end of November. Olives could be stored up to 12 months except for Tofahy type.

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Different types of Olives:
Green Olives:
Tofahy:
Green rounded fruits
Big sizes 8-16gm
Percentage of oil 5-7%
Season from Aug. till Nov
Storage up to three months
Aguizy:
Green medium fruits
Sizes range from 10-11gm
Seed 10-15% of the fruit
Excellent in processing to be stuffed with pepper or carrot
Varieties (Shamy: Almond-shaped with medium size 7-10gm)
(Aksi: Elongated with smaller size 6-8gm)
Manzanilla:
Is the most famous Spanish olive
Almost rounded fruit
With medium sizes 4-6gm
Seed 10-12% of the fruit
Percentage of oil 16-20%
Fruits (Olives) start to ripen in September (Green Olives) until November

Black Olives:
Kalamata:
One of the best-known varieties of olives
Large – dark purple olives (Black)
Elongated shape with sharp point
Smooth, meat-like flesh taste with low percentage bitterness
Used as table olives
Oil percentage 15-20%
Fruit size 3-7gm.
Seed 9-11% of the fruit weight
Must be handpicked to avoid damage and can’t be harvested green

Pequal
(Piqual):
Small rounded Black OlivesSizes 3-7gm
Seed 12% of the fruit weight
Percentage of oil 18-22%

Dolcy:
Elongated Black Olives
Average sizes 3-6gm
Percentage of oil 15-18%

Packaging:
Packaging is customized according to olives specifications in term of sizes, colors and packaging style.

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