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What makes olives taste bitter?

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From: 
Sam
Question: 

What agent is present in an unprocessed olive that makes it bitter? In pressing olives for oil, how is this bitterness removed?

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Olive Oil News
Answer: 

Polyphenols and other primarily water soluble components make the olive bitter. When the oil is separated from the paste, the bitter substances are left behind in the fruit water and pulp.

Date: 
Monday, November 7, 2005

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