True olives have pits inside.
Many towns in Southern Italy provide the environment to embrace nature’s pleasures. One of my favorite things in Southern Italy is going to street vendors to buy olives, the type that come in various sizes, shapes, and color, as opposed to the homogenous olives you find in jars. Jarred olives are uniform in size and shape to mechanically remove the pits. But this process also removes the heart and soul of the fruit. The pit gives the fruit form and flavor. Chewing around and on the pit releases the intense perfumes and flavors made possible by the hot and arid Mediterranean climate. The olive is a kind reminder to step back and embrace the small but flavorful details of life.