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Olives are a strange food: a fruit that you can’t buy fresh, just swimming in salty brine. Why? They contain a bitter chemical called oleuropein. This week on Reactions, we’re talking about the science of how we can eat this unique stone fruit.

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Credits:
Producer: Kirk Zamieroski
Writer: Alexa Billow
Scientific Consultant: Dan Flynn and Michelle Boucher Ph. D.
Music:
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Sources:
https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8267.pdf
https://www.scienceworld.ca/how-do-you-make-olives-edible
http://calolive.org/our-story/how-olives-are-made/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3002804/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4227229/
http://www.cooksinfo.com/raw-olives
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/people-and-culture/food/the-plate/2016/07/olives--the-bitter-truth/
https://books.google.com/books?id=_Ov7DAAAQBAJ&pg=PT43&lpg=PT43&dq=lye+oxygen+olives&source=bl&ots=q7-LByxhNX&sig=YX0KfTCXev9LqA2tHdug5Lpu-3Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjdj5OnxdXZAhVMNd8KHeV0ACsQ6AEIiwEwCQ#v=onepage&q=lye%20oxygen%20olives&f=false
https://www.oliveoilsource.com/asktheexpert/are-olives-dyed-make-them-black
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jf3017699
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jafc.7b06025
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jf802967y
http://calolive.org/our-story/olive-history/

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