Kalamata Olives (Whole)

Product Weight:
5.8 oz.


DeLallo Whole Calamata Olives are almond-shaped Greek olives with a deep purple color and a distinct boldly tart and tangy flavor. Kalamata olives are semi-firm in texture with a meaty bite. They are known to be tangy, fruity and smoky with a taste of red wine vinegar. An intense black table olive, Kalamata are used for gourmet snacking and entertaining. Pair them up with other Greek mezze platter favorites: pita, hummus, feta cheese, roasted red peppers and more.

  • Prized Greek olives.
  • Almond shaped with dark purple color.
  • Distinct flavor profile: fruity, tangy, tart and smoky.
  • Semi-firm, meaty texture.
  • Cured naturally in brine.
  • Gourmet snacking and entertaining olive.

Kitchen and Usage Tips:

Whole Kalamata olives are an eye-catching antipasto and beloved Greek ingredient. Add some flair to hummus, creamy dips and crostini appetizers. Top off pizzas and flatbreads. Create Greek-inspired pasta dishes, both hot and cold. Upgrade fresh leafy salads, as well creamy chicken or tuna salads. Whole Kalamata olives are great as a warmed olive app with fresh citrus and herbs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are Kalamata olives?

Kalamata olives are almond-shaped with a deep purple color. Named for the city of Kalamata, these Greek olives are a prized variety of olive all around the world. Kalamata olives have a semi-firm texture with a meaty bite. They are bold and fruity with a tangy, smoky flavor. Olives are loaded with health benefits: healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamins. They are great for snacking and entertaining and pair perfectly with other Greek flavors.

What is so special about Kalamata olives?

There is a reason Kalamata olives are one of the most prized varieties of olives in Greece and the world over. They have a distinct big, bold flavor and a unique dark purple color. Like many olives, Kalamata boasts health benefits too. It’s the best of all worlds: a healthy, tasty snack with gorgeous gourmet appeal.

Are Kalamata olives the healthiest olive to eat?

Kalamata olives are no more healthy than other table olives. It is noted that green olives are healthier, by a slim margin. This is because the youthful (unripe) green fruit are said to contain more antioxidants that help with bodily inflammation.

Why are DeLallo Kalamata olives spelled with a “c” on the jar?

DeLallo spells Kalamata with a C for branding reasons. These are still authentic Greek Kalamata olives.

What is the difference between Kalamata olives and black olives?

Technically, Kalamata olives are “black olives,” as this is just a generic term to describe all ripened olives with a dark brown or black color. Unlike young green olives that are picked before they ripen, black olives are olives that were left to ripen. Kalamata olives are considered black table olives, though they are dark purple in color.

What is the difference between Kalamata olives and green olives?

The term “green olives” is just a general description used to categorize olives that are harvested before they ripen. They are green in color and typically more firm and crisp in texture. Black olives, or ripened olives, are more tender in texture with different flavor profiles. Kalamata olives, though dark purple, are considered black table olives, as they are ripened olives. Generally speaking, black olives are more sweet, more tender and more complex in flavor than typical green olives.

What is the difference between Kalamata olives and niçoise olives?

Kalamata olives and Niçoise olives are two very different olives. While both are picked when ripe and naturally cured in brine, they are different in size, appearance and flavor. Niçoise olives are much smaller than Kalamata olives and are dark brown to black in color. When it comes to olive flavor, Kalamata olives are sweet and fruity with an intense flavor profile. Niçoise olives are much more mild.

What is the difference between whole Kalamata olives and pitted Kalamata olives?

The difference between whole Kalamata olives and pitted Kalamata olives are that one contains its hard pit and the pitted kind does not.

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