Before we get started: the term Antipasto is Italian, from anti- ‘before’ + pasto, from Latin pastus, or ‘food’.
In Italian cooking, Antipasto is an appetizer typically consisting of olives, anchovies, cheeses, and meats. We have a delicious selection of Antipasto for your every mood or need, let's start with our famous Antipasta. This “salad” is one of ours and our customer's favorites! A wonderful blend of genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone cheese, olives, pepperoncinis, mushrooms, and tomatoes, all marinating in a secret, special dressing guaranteed to delight.
If you want something a little spicy in your life, we do have a spicy version of the Antipasta “salad” which has hot sopressata, pepperoni, hot pepper cheese, peppadew peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, olive, pepperoncinis, and that secret, special dressing. Both of these Antipasta “salads” are made in our kitchen, fresh and delicious just for The Olive Pit.
We also offer marinated sundried tomatoes, whole artichokes, garlic and herb mushrooms, and a variety other items sure to make your antipasto tray look and taste fantastic. Stop by and talk to one of our Olive Experts and we’ll be happy to help you with all of your holiday and party needs!
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Now that we’ve talked about what we consider to be “beginner” and “intermediate” olives, let's talk advanced, you know, olives that are on the bolder side.
Be sure to stop by The Olive Pit and ask one of our Olive Experts for a sample or a suggestion for your all your olive needs!
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Now that you are familiar with the beginner olives, let’s take a stroll into the world of what we’ll call intermediate ones.
Really, these are just a few of the intermediate olives we have at The Olive Pit, so stop by and ask one of our Olive Experts for a recommendation and a sample. You won’t be disappointed!
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Now that we’ve got the olive “Lingo” down, let’s talk about the olives themselves!
We are going to start with what we think of as beginner olives, the kind that are for those who are just starting to discover the wonderful world of olives and what we have to offer at The Olive Pit.
My first recommendation? The Herb and Garlic Marinade Olive, which is a considerably more mild olive soaked in a delicious herb and garlic marinade. Loads of flavor, but well balanced and not too overwhelming. Next, we suggest trying the Castelvetrano, a bright green, buttery olive in a salt brine. Maybe salt brines aren’t for you, though?
If you don’t want a salt brine, we recommend Cerignola olives, which come in green, red, and black varieties, all of which are mild and in a basic water brine.
Another beginner olive is the Black Portuguese. This beauty is a mild, meaty olive with a delicate and smooth taste. We think it will become one of your favorites. Chalkidikis, from Greece, are a superb green olive and what we use to create “stuffed” olives. It’s mild, buttery, and salty all in one bite.
These are just a few of the delicious beginner olives that we offer at The Olive Pit, so stop by and talk to one of our Olive Experts. We’re here to help you find your perfect olive!
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Brine… We’ve heard it referred to as “juice,” so we want to set the record straight and give you a little bit of info about that delicious liquid that makes your olives so tasty.
The most simple explanation: the brine is the liquid that olives are preserved in, a liquid that is heavily saturated with salt. In the World of Olives, there are several different types.
Next time you’re in the Jungle Jim’s neighborhood, be sure to stop by The Olive Pit and ask one of our Olive Experts for a taste of some delicious olives in your favorite brine.
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That is the question! How does a delicious, whole, Kalamata sound? Now, we’re sure you’re thinking, “Of course the olive is whole! I don’t want it sliced…” Well, a “whole” olive refers to an olive that still has the pit intact, versus having a pitted olive, which has the pit removed.
Whole olives or pitted olives is an age old question. Some things to consider when trying to decide between the two:
We have a large variety of whole and pitted olives at the Olive Pit, so stop by and ask one of our Olive Experts for a sample and see which olive you like best!
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Welcome to the first installment of Olive Pit 101! This is an introduction to the wonderfully fascinating - and delicious - world of olives! This week, we’re going to discuss a few of the basics when it comes to olives. For instance: did you know that olives are a fruit? They are! They’re grown on a tree, like an apple, and the tree is grown by starting with a seed. Olives can come with or without the pit, so be sure you check the signage at the The Olive Pit, or ask someone behind the counter!
Speaking of seeds, in everyday language we use the word seed for the hard center of a fruit, but when it comes to olives, the seed is called the “pit,” like we do for peaches. Another term used in Olive Land is brine. A brine is the liquid that the olives are preserved in - which a lot of people may call the :juice” - but we regularly refer to as their brine. There are 3 types of olive brines: plain water, salt water, or oil, all of which are indicated on signage we have at the Olive Pit, but don’t be afraid to ask!
Now, let’s talk ripeness! When it comes to olives there are 3 types of ripeness:
So there it is, your introduction to the world of olives at Jungle Jim’s! Next time you’re coming through, be sure to stop by The Olive Pit at either location and talk to one of our Olive Experts about our full and fun selection of olives!
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You may have missed it, but The Olive Pit has moved - and transformed - at our Eastgate location. Until recently, you could find this incredible selection of olives from around the world next to our awesome Beer & Wine Department.
Now, you can find The Olive Pit attached to our Deli Department, just across from our Produce Department, and just a short walk away from our Cheese Shop. Everything you need to make fruit, veggie, cheese, meat and olive trays and platters is now all in the same area, making it convenient and easy to come up with new ideas and recreate old favorites.
And don't forget: you don't have to be shy! If you would like a sample, just ask! There are dozens of olives, mixes and other delicious treats available, so we know it can be a bit overwhelming. But we're here to help you along on your own olive adventure!
What's your favorite olive you've had from The Olive Pit?
It’s New Year’s Eve, which means it’s time to party! But we don’t want you to get caught having just any old boring snacks for your guests. So we went on a little adventure to pick out some interesting snacks you can feature at your party or bring to a friends. Check out some of the fun international snacks that we carry here at Jungle Jim’s!
Chips and Fresh Salsa
Japanese Rice Crackers
Taiwanese Shrimp Chips
Mirch Masala Snack Mixes
Spanish Mixed Nuts
The snacking possibilities are endless at Jungle Jim’s. Be the life of the party with interesting selections from any part of the store. These are only a fraction of the snacks from around the world that we carry. Come in and discover your favorite!
Jungle Jim's does a lot of things, but one of our favorites for this time of year (and really, throughout the entire year) is building classic and not so classic party trays.
Our Party Tray team is hard at work putting together fresh, delicious and unique trays for just about any occasion imaginable, and are ready and waiting to create something awesome for you this holiday season! From simple to wild, each party tray is put together by a knowledgable member of our awesome team (or several members during busier times) and is made to order, just for you. Are you ready to go wild with us this holiday season?