Kalamata Olives Vs Black Olives

Real Kalamata olives are only found in the southern part of Peloponnese, near the town of Kalamata.  These olives are probably the most well-known Greek olives. They are black or deep purple, almond-shaped, with a fruity flavor and smooth, meaty texture. Like all black olive varieties, Kalamata olives are also harvested in December, when fully ripened.


Oil bottle, Black Olives on Wooden Table

Popular Black Olive Varieties:

  • Gaeta: Italian black olive, wrinkled in appearance, mild flavor, often packed with herbs

  • Lugano: Italian black olive, usually very salty, sometimes packed with olive leaves

  • Liguria: Italian black olive, salt-brine cured, with a vibrant flavor, sometimes packed with stems

  • Ponentine: Italian black olive, mild in flavor

  • Sevillano: Californian, salt-brine cured, very crisp

  • Niçoise: French black olive, harvested fully ripe, small in size, with a rich flavor, often packed with herbs and… of course,

  • Kalamata: the highest quality Greek black olive


Beautiful Black Olives in White Bowl

Kalamata olives taste like no other black or green olive, therefore it ’s impossible to put them in the same class as you would any other olive. Kalamatas are black; but, not all black olives are Kalamatas! They are larger than most olives, therefore meatier. In addition, they have a protected (PDO) status under EU law. This Protected Designation of Origine (PDO) status protects names of quality agricultural products and foodstuffs.

Olives of the same variety grown elsewhere are marketed as Kalamon olives. In other words: black olives Olive Branch with Ripe, Black Olivesgrown in the Peloponnese region are called either Kalamata, after the city, or Kalamon, after the variety of olive tree.

Growing under the Grecian (Hellēnikós) sun, Kalamata trees have much larger leaves than other types of olive trees. This means that they absorb more sunshine. This gives their dark purple fruit a dense texture and a flavor, some compare to finest wines.

Kalamata olives are more bitter than the canned black olives most Americans are familiar with. But, they’re brined in water, salt & red wine vinegar, which mellows their bitter bite and softens the flesh.  If you want to lower the amount of sodium you’re taking in, you can buy Kalamata olive low-salt version.

All Black Olive varieties are an excellent nutrient source. They are rich in healthy fats, iron, calcium, Black, Wrinkled Olives in Glass BowlVitamin A, Fiber. Regarding calories:  black olives can be a very nutritious part of a balanced diet, but you might not want to overdo your intake if you’re trying to lose weight. Three to five Kalamata olives have around 45 calories. You don’t need more olives to add to your meal or salad in order to enjoy their great flavor.


Make a simple test: try different black olives, and then, try Kalamata’s. I’m sure you’ll realize the difference. Kalamata olives are extremely delicious! You can buy this Superfood online and enjoy its awesome taste.

Mario Pitted Snack Olives, Kalamatas – reasons to order these Amazing Kalamata olives online:


  • High-quality Superfoods, awesome flavor

  • Great in salads, meals, as an appetizer etc.

  • Excellent snack for home, work or traveling

  • Convenient packing

  • Always fresh: Olives are coated with a small amount of olive oil. There’s no need keep them in a fridge after opening

  • Great snack especially for those on the Low Carb, Keto or Med Diet (read more…) 


  • Price, maybe…

I love this Snack!
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Kalamata olives are probably the most well-known Greek olives. They are black or deep purple, almond-shaped, with smooth, meaty texture. These high-quality olives are an excellent, healthy snack with awesome flavor!

Place to buy: Amazon.com

My rating: 93 out of 100

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I understand that it’s cheaper to open a can of olives and use baggies, but the baggies would have to be kept in a fridge. Instead, you can keep these olives in your desk drawer at work… Sometimes convenience is worth paying more. And of course, the highest quality is never cheap.

Other popular Greek Table Olives read more…



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20 thoughts on “Kalamata Olives Vs Black Olives”

    • Thank you, Louis! There is even more info regarding black olives, but, my topic was about Kalamata Olives compared to other black Olives: their differences, advantages of the first, etc. I’m glad if my black olive review gave valuable information:)

  1. Hi,

    I come to know olive such as Kalamata ever exists. As an appetizer with awesome flavor, it has overtaken the quality of all olives. And the best part is the inclusion of your information that it can be purchased through Amazon outlets

    Wow! This is great.

    Keep more blogs updated on the sorts.


    • Hi!

      I’m glad you liked my article
      In order to better understand differences between Kalamata’s and other Black Olives, you should try several Black Olive types and compare them. Finally, it’s a matter of our personal choice.

      Thank you for your nice comment!

  2. The price is not really an issue here since the benefits obviously outweighs it. If you want quality products, better pay for it. 🙂 I had no idea how this one taste so maybe I’ll get one myself. Thanks for the info.

    • Agree with you, Nathan. And… By doing our homework – product research, there are more chances to get the best value for our money Thanks!

  3. Hi, I’m an olive lover my self.

    I never heard that Kalamata olives are the best but by looking at the pics I think I have eaten them several times already.
    When I am in an olive country I love the fresh, homemade olive spice mixes, some hot some sour etc. I also like the younger harvested green olives.
    I’ll have to notice next time I purchase if I can find Kalamata olives 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed reading your article! I am an olive lover and didn’t know the difference between olives, other than me calling them “black”, “green”, or “Kalamata”! It’s amazing what you can learn.

    I love the idea of olives in a package that doesn’t have to be refrigerated after opening. I eat Mario Olives, but have never seen the packaged ones. You have just made my fiance work harder for his money, lol!

  5. Green olives are my favorite ones. I have tried black olives several times but not sure about their varieties. After reading your article and being intrigued to do a better research, next time I’ll give black olives a chance. I believe they are all tasty if you are an olive fan like me. Thank you for valuable information on Kalamata olives. I never heard of them before in my life but I will definitely try them.

    All the best,

  6. This is a great article, I love olives but don’t have much knowledge about the different types! How long do you find Kalamata’s stay fresh for once opened?

    • You should check out that information on Mario package (I don’t’ have the product right now to check it out for you). It’s a small package (not a bulk) with a content that usually “disappears” in no time You need to keep these olives in their package in order to keep them fresh for longer.
      I hope this helped.

  7. I love olives, and eat 8 a day- to replenish salts lost in heavy workouts. They are part of my health regiment, and I’ve notices subtle positive changes in my SKIN TEXTURE, from eating them.

    Kalamata Olives are so TASTY! They are packed in red wine vinegar- so that adds an extra ‘punch’!

    My favorite ‘salad’ is thinly sliced cucumber, tomato and onion- sprinkled with chopped Kalamata olives, juice from the bottle, fresh basil- and feta cheese.
    I ALWAYS save the vinegar left over from the jar, and use it.

    • Hi Chris,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts & experiences:) To be honest, I didn’t know that olives could make changes in Skin Texture. I knew that food like citrus fruits, red peppers, sunflower seeds, or wild salmon was great for skin. However, it’s good to learn something new:)

      I agree with you that Kalamata Olives are very, very Tasty! Regarding your favorite salad – you’ve just described a traditional Greek Salad (“Horiatiki salata”).

  8. I tried these and didn’t like them. I recently picked up a new snack item at a whole foods by Gaea that are a little more natural and much tastier.

    • Hi Debbie, thank you for joining the discussion. What I wanted to provide in my blog was info regarding the No1 Greek black olive & my No1, too The reason I chose Mario brand was regarding all above-mentioned Pros of this healthy snack. If you didn’t like this brand & liked some other more – no problem. There’s a Latin proverb that says “De gustibus non est disputandum” (“There’s no accounting for taste”).
      Speaking of brands, Gaea is a great brand!

      Thanks a lot!


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