What is the history behind manzanilla olives containing a pimiento center?
#12529. Asked by demosthenes. (Jun 21 01 6:10 PM)
Once the pit is removed from any variety of pitted olives, as you say yourself, |
they can be stuffed with all kinds of different things. You then ask why is it
always pimiento? Well, it isn't always pimiento. It is, if you are referring to
Manzanilla olives, because the recipe for Spanish stuffed olives includes using
pimiento (the spanish word for pepper) Who came up with this recipe, would be
impossible to find (in my humble opinion) because it is so old. Most likely, it
was someone experimenting with stuffing olives, tried it with pimiento and decided
it tasted good. I guess a lot of other people did as well, so it caught on, to
become the Manzanilla Olive from Spain.
So, if it is pimiento you are interested in, here are a few facts. As I already
said, it was Spain who started using it to stuff olives. It is also where
paprika comes from, actually, that is what most of the crop is used for. Another
fact is, allspice comes from the Pimento tree.
As you said, there are a lot of sites out there about olives. I started at
www.emeraldworld.net/olive.html There is a lot of information and links there.
One link is www.epicurious.com That is where I got most of this information
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