Have you ever tried an olive straight from the tree? . They’re incredibly bitter, verging on inedible! . These olives have been on my counter in a large bowl of water for nearly 2 months (and if you’ve seen the size of my kitchen you’ll know how difficult that’s been!). I’ve been changing the water every day. This leeches the bitterness from them. . Now I’m putting them into a herbed brine and will leave them for at least 6 weeks before tasting. . This is an age-old Italian tradition called olive in salamoia. The ‘sal’ referring to salt and the ‘muria’ being the latin for brine. . Is the first time I’ve ever done it. And as with so many of my kitchen processes, I need patience – because I want to eat these now!