Last night at dinner, I learned that my friend Tim (renowned for his enjoyment of salt) does not like olives. How can that be? I asked if it was the pits, the taste, what? No answer, just a shrug. Here, some beautiful unripe olives on a tree in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. If you've never had an unripe fresh olive, try one. You'll soon learn, as we did, how important curing (in oil, in salt) is to remove the intense bitter taste.