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Olives Facts

  Green olives are olives that are harvested before they ripen, while black olives aren’t harvested until they are fully ripe. Both green and black olives are inedible until they are cured in salt, brine, or water and the curing process is mostly responsible for the differences in flavor.

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Nuts Facts

  Most nuts you know are not 'true' nuts, but either seeds, legumes or drupes. Here is how you can differentiate between them:True or botanical nuts: Seeds within hardened outer shells that need to be cracked open. Eg: Hazelnuts, walnuts, acorns. Seeds: Edible seeds are also considered as nuts. Eg: Brazil nut, macadamia nut. Legumes: Pods with many seeds that open out when ready to be harvested. Eg: Peanut. Drupes: Fleshy fruits which contain a hard shell housing a seed within. In this case, we eat the seed of the drupe instead of the fleshy fruit. Eg: Pistachio, almond, cashew. But, we commonly refer to all of them as ‘nuts’!

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Biltong Facts

  Biltong is air-dried silverside beef that is sliced and marinated in herbs and spices before being hung in our purpose built drying room to air dry. The beef takes between 4-8 days to dry and is checked by hand. Once the biltong is ready it is hand picked then sliced and packed ready to be enjoyed as a tasty snack.Biltong originated in from South Africa, and it was a dried meat the indigenous people produced which settlers from Europe took a lead from, and went on to develop biltong. Interestingly, the name biltong comes from the Dutch words ‘bil’, meaning rump, and ‘tong’ meaning strip or tongue.

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Chocolate Facts

  Chocolate contains over 600 flavor compounds, which give off its distinct aroma, according to the American Chemical Society. In comparison, red wine is reported to only have around 200 flavor compounds.

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