Olives are a fruit. Even though they grow on a tree, they cannot be eaten right off the tree. Olives must be cured first prior to eating to reduce the bitter taste. Depending on the curing process, olives offer variable levels of antioxidants, immune and digestive support. They are also rich in anti-inflammatory properties (known to reduce cancer risks).
Nutritionally, olives offer Vitamin E to protect certain body cells from damage and contain iron and potassium as well as minerals such as selenium and zinc. They are considered a great source of monounsaturated fats (healthy fats) known to support heart health.
To sum it up, olives offer nutrients, healthy fats, and fiber to your diet. Add them to salads, meat or poultry dishes, flat bread or pizza.