A staple ingredient in Mediterranean cooking, olives come in all shapes, sizes and colours meaning there is a variety to appeal to most palettes in selected olive recipes.
As well as being extremely diverse they are equally versatile when it comes to cooking. Whether ground up into spreads, chopped into salads tossed into stews are simply enjoyed in a cocktail or eaten whole.
What olives bring to the kitchen are complex aromas from sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent flavors that can elevate and define any number of dishes.
Here are 6 olive recipes to tempt you into the delights of cooking with olives, from baking them into bread to some truly Mediterranean inspired dishes with meatballs, peppers and more.