Can Kalamata olives be used to produce olive oil?

¬†While Kalamata olives are primarily desired for their consumption as table olives, they can also be pressed to produce olive oil. However, it’s important to note that the majority of Kalamata olives are destined for the table olive market due to their exceptional taste and texture.

For those considering the production of Kalamata olive oil, it typically requires a separate cultivation approach. Olive trees specifically selected and cultivated for oil production are generally different from those cultivated for table olives. Furthermore, optimizing the extraction process to capture the unique flavor and character of Kalamata olives requires specialized technology and expertise.

Nonetheless, Kalamata olive oil, when produced, shares the same characteristics of the olives themselves: a fruity, tangy, and slightly peppery taste. It can be used in a variety of culinary applications, such as dressings, marinades, or finishing oils to elevate the flavor of dishes.