As the label says, Olive Nere in Salamoia is Italian for "black olives in pickling brine". Fratelli Carli uses a traditional recipe for brining their Ligurian black olives. This allows them to maintain the rich, fruity flavor that you find in high-quality olive oils, rather than the overly sour flavor of many inferior olives packed in brine. These olives are allowed to mature to the point of full flavor before they are picked from the branch, and then preserved to maintain all of their natural savor and aroma. This preservation is done using only water, sea salt, and natural Mediterranean aromatics, such as rosemary, thyme, and bay leaf.