This month, we’re very excited to welcome Borough Olives to our Bruton shop! We’re excited for several reasons, not least because these are some seriously delicious olives!
The Borough Olives business shares similar values to us at Godminster and we’re all passionate about good food that tastes great. Ingredients are key. For Borough Olives, that means choosing the very best olives from Greece, Spain and Italy. The team at Borough Olives visits the olive groves regularly, which means they are able to create and maintain a good working relationship with suppliers.
Borough Olives have been in business for more than 15 years, and they’ve grown a lot in that time. Now available online as well as at the iconic Borough Market, Borough Olives are only available at a few weekly markets and through a very limited number of retailers, so we’re exceptionally proud that we’re the only stockist in the south west.
Once the premium, plump olives arrive in the Borough Olives kitchen, they make them even better with some truly delicious ingredients. The toughest part might be choosing a favourite! With almost 2,000 different varieties of olive grown around the world, finding the very best can be a challenge but the team from Borough Olives think they’ve cracked it. Olives are grown in parts of Africa and South America, but it’s the Mediterranean that most of us would associate with olives in an instant.
Olives have been a wonderful snack for many years – even as far back as the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt – and whether you garnish your pizza or your martini, or eat them just because, you might not be aware of the health benefits your olives bring. They contain a whole host of vitamins and minerals, including iron, sodium and potassium, as well as amino acids.
The oleic acid (a monounsaturated ‘good’ fat) can help combat some of the causes of heart disease, and olives can also help by reducing cholesterol and controlling blood pressure. Beyond that, there are now suggestions that olives can protect against the loss of bone mass that might lead to osteoporosis. Research is ongoing, though Mediterranean countries – where olive consumption is at its peak – return lower rates of osteoporosis.
In today’s health conscious world, healthy snacks are always good to know about. Olives can support weight loss as part of a balanced diet by stimulating the production of adiponectin, a protein hormone that helps regulate glucose levels and break down fatty acids. Moreover, eating just a handful of yummy olives helps you feel fuller for longer as they release their energy slowly with a low glycaemic index score.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that olives contain anthocyanins, which are being investigated as an alternative way for treating, even preventing, cancer. Research is ongoing and we’re all hopeful for positive results soon.
We know they’re going to be a hugely popular addition to our range. Come in to the shop next time you’re passing Bruton – we’ll try and save some, but we can’t promise!