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Old 05-15-2004, 02:50 PM
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OK, somebody asked this on Google Answers, and there is at least some belief that it goes back to the 18th century in the Provence region of France:

As early as the 18th century, producers of Picholine olives in
Aix-en-Provence were stoning their olives and replacing the stone with
capers, anchovies, tuna, and pimiento. This was the beginning of the
tradition of stuffing olives, a popular practice still today.
(quote of a quote)

This doesn't address WHY pimento stuffing became the most common, though.

Gotta try some of them anchovy stuffed ones.
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