green cracked souri olives 450g

(3 customer reviews)


Green cracked souri olives. Souri olives are a common variety in Lebanon, but aren’t widely known about in the UK. They’re firm and exceptionally aromatic, not pitted, so taste of olive rather than brine.  To serve, decant into a bowl with a teaspoon of brine, pour over a little Zejd extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and coat the olives in the liquid.

Refrigerate after opening.

Keep the remaining brine and add to soups or stews.

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Lebanese souri olives don’t get the acknowledgment they deserve in the UK. Overshadowed by more commercial varieties from larger olive producing countries in the Mediterranean, souri olives are unique to the eastern Mediterranean.

Zejd souri olives are picked when still green, which makes them rich in antioxidants. The stones aren’t removed to help preserve their firm texture and make for a satisfying chew.  This lets you savour their exceptionally aromatic and sharp taste.  

Curing olives in Lebanon is a tradition which each family continues today, adding their own touch to each recipe. Zejd’s method follows the traditions of the region where they’re grown, in Beino, north Lebanon.  The olives are left to soak in water which is changed several times until it runs clear. Then they are cracked before being put in the preserving solution. Zejd’s recipe adds a little white grape vinegar to the salt and water.

In Lebanon olives appear at most meals, particularly breakfast. A little olive oil is added along with a squeeze of lemon. They make a fresh addition to a breakfast of labneh, zaa’tar and flat bread.

Rather than throwing the liquid away, why not keep it in the fridge? When you’re next making a stew, sauce or soup, add a tablespoon or two (always tasting first to check its saltiness). It’ll add depth and flavour to your dish – and it’s a canny way of making your purchase go further!

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Weight 0.985 kg
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 18.5 cm

3 reviews for green cracked souri olives 450g

  1. Lola CB

    Tasting these green olives with zejd olive oil and slices of lemon took me straight back to Lebanon! Delicious.

    • miranda

      So glad that we were able to supply you with a taste of Lebanon!

  2. Tamara Napper (verified owner)

    I had always preferred black olives until I tried these. They are so good, I am now on my second jar and have ordered several more to make sure I don’t run out!

    • miranda

      We’re over the moon that you like these delicious Lebanese green olives!

  3. Inge

    Very tasty! I feel I can taste the Mediterranean sun…

    • miranda

      Hi – thank you so much – really pleased that it evokes the feeling of the Mediterranean sun!

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