handpicked from Beino
Olives bruise easily, so harvesting by hand, although time consuming, means the olive is less damaged. This results in better quality olive oil and a healthier olive. The harvesting team in Beino are experts having worked for most of their lives with olives.
what's the variety?
what's the difference between black and green olives?
They’re both the same variety. The green is picked earlier in the season, when it’s unripe, while the black is picked later. It’s not black when picked, it’s a mottled purple colour when ripe. The extra sun and rain gives the olive a richer taste profile – so they taste very different. While the green one is “fresher” and “creamier”, the black one is almost “meaty”.
are they stored in olive oil?
No they’re stored in brine. Once harvested, the team in Beino, wash the olives thoroughly changing the water to make sure they are clean before being covered in salt. The olives are turned regularly in the salt over 4 or 5 days, and any resulting liquid is removed. They are then ready to be stored in a brine solution, when any bitterness has gone.
can you cook with them?
Apart from serving them for brunch or a mezze style meal, they’re wonderful cooked. Their rich flavour goes well with prawns, tomatoes and garlic. Try adding a handful, with a couple of tablespoons of the brine, when slow cooking a neck of lamb. Chopped and tossed in with kale, mushrooms and ricotta a bowl of spaghetti looks so much more interesting!
can I refill my jars?
We import all of Zejd‘s olive products from Beino, north Lebanon. They are all packed on site, and the quality of the products is checked before they’re sent to us.
So while we don’t de a refill service – we do suggest you use the jars! Perfect for dog treats, marmalade or storing rice, lentils and other kitchen ingredients.
what can I do with the olive pits?
We wash ours and then put them on a tray in the oven to dry. When we’ve got enough, we add them to the charcoal on the BBQ! They burn really well. Many years ago in Lebanon it was common for mountain people to burn olive pits in a brazier to keep themselves and the coffee warm!