Olive nere secche, also known as dried black olives, are a traditional delicacy from the region of Basilicata in southern Italy. These olives are typically found in various towns and communes of Basilicata, including Matera, Potenza, and Melfi. They can be purchased in local stores or shops that specialize in regional products.

One such store where olive nere secche can be found is “La Bottega dei Sapori” in Matera. This shop offers a wide range of local products, including these dried black olives. Another option is “La Casa del Gusto” in Potenza, which also sells olive nere secche along with other traditional food items.

Olive nere secche can be used in various recipes to add a unique flavor to dishes. One popular recipe is “Pasta with dried black olives and cherry tomatoes.” In this dish, the olives are combined with cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and chili flakes to create a flavorful pasta sauce. Another recipe is “Olive nere secche tapenade,” where the dried olives are blended with capers, garlic, and olive oil to make a delicious spread for bread or crackers.

Olive nere secche have received the PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Products) recognition, which guarantees their traditional production methods and quality. The specifications for these olives include being harvested when fully ripe, dried naturally in the sun, and having a characteristic wrinkled appearance. They are known for their intense flavor and are often enjoyed as a snack or used in various Mediterranean dishes.

– “La Bottega dei Sapori” – www.labottegadeisapori.it
– “La Casa del Gusto” – www.lacasadelgusto.it