Frequently Asked Questions

Where are California Ripe Olives grown?
California Ripe Olives are grown on family farms in the inland valleys of California from San Diego Country to north of Sacramento. Our biggest growing regions are Tulare County in the San Joaquin Valley, and Glenn and Tehama Counties in the northern Sacramento Valley.

Is the California Olive Committee made up of corporate farmers and big businesses?
The California Olive Committee is comprised of hundreds of family farms and two multi-generational canneries, who grow and process 50,000+ tons of­ olives each year.

How long does California Ripe Olive Harvest season last?
Because nature plays the most important role, timing can vary. Generally, harvest season begins in September and is completed in November.

What makes California Ripe Olives different?
California Ripe Olives have a unique and enjoyable flavor that is unlike any other olives on the market. Their high-quality products feature a smooth and nutty flavor that pairs well with almost anything! Our unique origin story and curing process has withstood the test of time and offered a strong sense of history for our industry that consumers enjoy learning about. Finally, our industry is comprised of many multi-generational family farms who pour their heart and souls into creating the California Ripe Olives we all know and love today.

How do I take a California Ripe Olive from snack to ingredient?
We have a large database of recipes using California Black and Green Ripe Olives right here.

Do I need to do anything to California Ripe Olives before I cook with them?
Just drain off the juices and they're good to go.

What if I don't use up the whole can?
Just store them in the refrigerator in their original brine or in a solution of 1 cup of water to 1/2 tsp. salt. Top the container loosely with plastic wrap, rather than sealing airtight.

How long do California Ripe Olives keep after the can is opened?
Once a can of California Ripe Olives is opened, we recommend eating the properly stored contents within 10 days.

Where can I buy California Ripe Olives?
That's easy. California Ripe Olives may be grown in California, but they're available in supermarkets, club stores, mom and pop shops, and corner grocers all over the country.

Can I make tapenade using California Ripe Olives?
Of course. Just puree them with a little bit of olive oil in a food processor and season them however you like. Choose one of our delicious recipes as your guide.

Are olives a fruit or vegetable?
Olives are a fruit.

Are California Ripe Olives on the list of approved foods for the Mediterranean Diet?
Yes they are, you can also find them on the list of approved foods for the Keto, Paleo and Whole 30 diets as well.

Are California Ripe Olives high in calories and cholesterol?
Not at all. Since California Ripe Olives are fruits, they have no cholesterol at all. Each large olive has only 6 calories. That's a lot of flavor per calorie.

What about fat content?
California Ripe Olives contain 2 grams of fat per serving, which makes them a low fat food, according to FDA definitions. More importantly, they contain monounsaturated fats, also known as “good fat”.

Why are monounsaturated fats sometimes called “good fats”?
Our brains and bodies need a certain amount of fats to function properly. However, studies have linked the consumption of saturated fats and trans fats to heart diseases and other health problems. Monounsaturated fats satisfy our bodies need for fat, without posing that same risk to our systems.