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Mardouw’s table olives are cured using a natural fermentation process over a period of nine to twelve months, and preserved in brine.

Kalamata

The king of Greek table olives, beloved and popular Kalamatas are deep rich aubergine in colour, with tight, snappy, shiny skin, and a pretty almond shape. The olives are handpicked when fully ripe at a black colour stage. They’re preserved in brine and matured through slow fermentation process, for a distinctive rich, smoky, fruity flavours.

Nocellara

There are no green olive trees! The colour of an olive is an indication of its ripeness. Green olives ripen and become black olives. Or rather, they transform from green to light brown, to a vibrant red and purple, to the deepest, darkest black. In general, the darker the olive, the riper it was when it was plucked from the tree. Green olives are usually picked at the start of the harvest season, in March and April in the southern hemisphere. They have a firm texture and lovely, nutty flavour. Mardouw’s olives are cured using a natural fermentation process; leaving a crisp olive full of natural flavours; the process takes 9 to 12 months to cure the olives.

How we make table olives

Farming

Fresh mountain water off the Langeberg Mountains, fertile Breede River Valley soil and a Mediterranean climate provide optimum conditions for our 50,000 olive trees to thrive happily.

Harvesting

South Africa's olive harvest season runs from April to June. We use the latest harvesting techniques and equipment, including hand-picking and machine-harvesting, to make sure only the best quality olives make it into our bottles and jars.

Sorting

Leaves and small twigs are removed from the olives before transferring them to the processing plant.

Cleaning

At the processing plant, olives undergo a diligent check and a good wash, while anything other than olives gets removed.

Storage & Maturation

Freshly picked table olives goes straight from tree to storage tank. We store our table olives at Mardouw Olive Estate in a solution of water and salt for up to 12 months.

Packging

After 12 months, our table olives are ready to be shipped to a shop near you.