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How to Brine your own Olives, Alpilles Style

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker:

The Olive Culture of Les Alpilles

One of the ladies on our street gave Robin this as a gift when he came to the rescue and changed her gas bottle. She even put the olive branch on. It was so delicious I could have drunk the stuff, I practically did…

I was in the village café yesterday and felt an intense pang of admiration and jealousy all at once. An elder gentleman came up to the person sitting next to me and presented him with a large bottle of viscous, deeply green liquid and said “happy new year!” (in French of course). It was the unlabelled newly pressed olive oil from his family’s olive trees. How wonderful. I couldn’t think of a better seasonal gift.

…Continue reading here to read Ashley’s post (and see her beautiful photos) of the olive groves in this part of Provence. Discover the village that is called the “Olive Capital of France,” and the olive variety that tastes a bit like an artichoke. But, mostly keep reading to learn about DIY brining.

More on Olives and the Alpilles

Jean Martin Company in the Heart the Olives of Les Baux de Provence

Capturing Provencal Beauty in Photos Lumières des Alpilles

The Olive Groves of Provence

Recipe: Cake Aux Olives Vertes – Green Olive Cake

Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives and Lemon by @MirabeauWine

Recipe: How to Make Provencal Olive Tapenades

Recipe: How to Make a True Nicoise Salad by Giuseppina Mabilia @VeniseenProvence

Via:: Curious Provence


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Ashley Tinker

Ashley Tinker

Ashley was born and raised in Montréal, Canada. She has always been drawn to the history, way of life and beauty of Europe. Her feelings for Europe were reconfirmed while studying art in Florence, Italy. Ashley says that stone buildings, colourful shutters and terra cotta tile rooftops fill her dreams and now her days.

Ashley moved to Provence in 2014 with her partner Robin (he also shares her Francophile passions). They are in search of the French joie de vivre, which they find at every turn in the local markets and natural beauty of Provence. This couple are indulging in local olives and wine as the Provencal sunshine changes craggy rocks into things of beauty.

You can see all of Ashley's blog posts on Curious Provence.

Take a look at Ashley's beautiful fine art photography on her Photographer in Provence website.

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