Is there any nutritional difference between green and black olives? How many olives are in a tablespoon of oil?—Scott Pro, Conifer, Colo.
A.Here’s a fun fact: It takes one ton of olives to make 30 gallons of olive oil, according to Jim Henry, owner of the Texas Olive Ranch and founding director of the Texas Olive Oil Council. So calculating how many are in a tablespoon might be a bit difficult. As for nutritional value, there’s little difference between green and black olives: “A black olive is nothing more than a ripe green olive,” Henry says. “All olives start out green.”
Editor’s Note : In case you’re still wondering, based on the USDA’s approximation of the average olive being 2.7g, I’ve estimated there are about 336,000 olives in one ton. There are 256 tablespoons in one gallon, so 30 gallons of olive oil contains 7,680 tablespoons of the good stuff. Based on those numbers, I’m going to venture to guess that based on the USDA’s estimated weight of an average size olive, it takes about 44 olives to press one tablespoon of olive oil. –Shannon
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