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How to Brine your own Olives, Alpilles Style

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 elderly gentleman came up to the person sitting next to me, 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 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.

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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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