Being a complete foodie I jumped at the chance to test out some yummy Spanish snacks and I had the perfect simple starter to use them in.
Fragata, a company specialising in Spanish food was founded by Don Santiago Camacho Roman back in 1897. He was passionate about olives and wanted to share his enthusiasm about them with others so in 1925 Fragata as a brand was born. Even today the 'Mananilla' and 'Queen' olives are still picked by hand when perfectly ripe, I think that's such a lovely tradition!
I was sent a selection of 3 different Spanish snacks; anchovy stuffed olives, lemon stuffed olives and capers. My simple starter consisted of the olives served as they are served in square bowls alongside sunflower and honey bread, balsamic glaze and truffle bread dipping oil. So delicious!
Firstly I like the packaging, I think it looks very professional and modern and being in tins mean that everything is kept fresh, I had no problems opening the tins either using the tin pull (sometimes I find they can be awkward to open!). When you open the tin they look as you would expect olives to look and smell ...... olivey :-) !!
We tried both sets of olives and the general consensus was that the lemon stuffed olives were nice but the anchovy stuffed olives were too fishy, they did seem to taste really quite strong even for me and I love anchovies! We didn't serve the capers as they'll be used in a lovely pasta recipe or thrown into a salad and obviously they're perfect if you're making a tartar sauce.
Overall they tasted nice but for me I think I prefer fresh olives, I think tinned olives are great for keeping in the cupboard though and great for being able to chuck them in a salad or chop them up and sprinkle onto homemade pizzas.
Who else is an olive fan and who is not?
* Please note I was kindly sent these items as a PR sample to review but the thoughts and opinions are that of my own.