Kalamata olives are only found on the Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece and have played a part in the human diet for thousands of years.

Growing under the Greek sun, the olive trees here have much larger leaves than other types of olive trees around the nation and the world, and absorb more sunshine.
This dark cherry sized fruit — yes, the olive is a fruit — that has been used by Greeks for 1000s of years not only tastes great, it serves up a host of nutritional benefits.
It’s no secret that dieticians call it one of the healthiest foods on earth and that’s because they are high in sodium, rich in healthy fats and natural antioxidants.
Kalamata olives contain a range of health-promoting vitamins and minerals, and are particularly high in iron and vitamin A. It is said that regular consumption may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and various cancers.The earliest cultivation of olive trees was probably over five thousand years ago, since Ancient Greek times. Despite being known as ‘Greek black olives,’
..they are in fact deep purple in colour and compared to green and black olives, they are bigger in size and have a plumper, oblong shape.