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I was introduced to these yummy Spanish olives stuffed with Anchovy by a friend of mine about a year ago. I must admit that I do not like anchovies and would not choose to have them either in a salad or on a pizza and the first time I tried one of these olives the taste was so strong and new to me that I was unsure whether I liked them or not. We were quaffing some lovely white wine at the time and once over the initial shock of a completely new taste assaulting my tongue and taste buds, I discovered that I really rather liked them - so much in fact that I have completely transferred my allegiance from other varieties pretty much solely to these nowadays!
These green, pitted and stuffed olives come in small (recyclable) 210ml tins with a handy ring pull so opening the product is a doddle and also allows you to drain the accompanying liquid away easily by opening it just a tiny bit before completely taking off the lid to empty the contents out. The tin has a green rim around the top with the manufacturer's name (Fragata) above a picture of some olives (funnily enough) although there isn't an anchovy in sight! They have a very long use by date (almost two years) but they rarely last two minutes in my house but only because I scoff them as no one else likes olives in my household! Although once opened I would imagine they should be consumed within a day or two in an appropriate container. The tin itself does not specify storage instructions once opened.
These cost 98p from my local Tesco and you get approximately 24 olives in a tin. There is not much more I can say about them in terms of given information as the tins don't have much info on them other than the ingredients written in various languages. I assume they are tinned in brine but the tin does not tell you that specifically either.
I do find the lack of information in English on the tin (although there is a bit of Spanish on there which I am sadly not au fait with) frustrating as I would like to know the nutritional information as well as storage instructions for once opened etc. but this does not put me off actually buying them despite them being fairly expensive for not a lot of product.
As aforementioned I am not a fan of anchovies and it is quite a difficult taste to pinpoint or describe. You get a very intense, salty, only slightly fishy flavour that has a strong slightly acidic aftertaste although I wouldn't say they taste or smell really fishy as this would put me off! Whatever the taste, it is very, very strong and that is why I say this may be an acquired taste so don't be put off by your first one or two before deciding whether they are for you or not. They do go particularly well with chilled white wine and make a great snack or accompaniment to other dishes/drinks.
As we know, olives contain good fats and so in reasonable quantities these are a healthy addition to anyone's diet and likewise anchovies (being an oily fish) are also beneficial in terms of health so with the two put together you must be onto a winner - just don't eat a whole tin in one go (like I often do)! I have introduced several people to these who have also become converts so give them a go - you might be surprised!
Thanks for reading. x
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