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The difference is the curing. Olives are cured in brine ( salt and water). A green olive is picked early when it is "green" so therefore it stays green after curing. A black olive stays on the tree longer and is black. It is black when cured.
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Olives grow on olive trees in Spain, Italy, Greece, and the US. The black (ripe) olives have a stronger, more pungent taste than green olives. The reason that we don't taste the bitterness of the black olives (when we buy them in a can) is because most of the oil and flavor is taken out, when marinated in water with a slight bit of vinegar and just a very small amount of salt. The green olives that we buy in the jar are marinated in water with a bit of vinegar and lots of brine salt, and often stuffed with pimentos. The brine salt and vinegar kills the bitterness of the olives; this is why in the US when you taste green or black olives , you usually can't taste the original authentic flavor. Another difference is the curing. Olives are cured in brine (salt and water). A green olive is picked early so it remains green after curing. A black olive stays on the tree longer and is black. It is black when cured, too.
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