Corning, California: The Olive City
The Olive City
Table olives come in many varieties to please every palate, and our town is known for America's popular Big Black Olive, what you might seen in the grocery store as a Queen Olive. The cannery sizes them five ways: Small, Large, Jumbo, Colossal, Super Colossal. These and other local olives are available chopped, sliced, whole, pitted, non-pitted, packed in oil or water, or even vermouth!
Much like Castroville is the Artichoke Capital of the World and Gilroy is the Garlic Capital of the World, the town of Corning, California is known as the Olive City. In the past, no fewer than nine olive processing companies were operating in Corning at the same time!
Today, in addition to being home of the largest olive cannery in North America and dozens of olive farming families, Corning is also home to a thriving extra virgin olive oil business with three olive mills.