03 Oct

Olives Sizes

If the American names of olive sizes have a faintly Cecil B. DeMille ring to them, it is because the names of the sizes originated at the same time and place. Around 1920, a Long Beach, California advertising agency, Curtis, was hired to conduct an advertising campaign for olives.

According to a family story, one of their employees, Frank C. Bliss, chose the names Jumbo, Colossal, and Mammoth – terms commonly being used to hype movies in those days.

Size: Small Medium Large Extra Large Jumbo Colossal Super Colossal
# per lb: 128–140 106–127 91–105 65–90 47–60 33–46 < 33

For a few varieties, the count for Extra Large is 65–75. Tolerances are set by variety of olive.

European producers use similar terms but with different meanings.

Size Number
per Kilogram
Equivalent Number
per Pound
Bullets 351–380 159–172
Fine 321–350 146–159
Brilliant 291–320 132–145
Superior 261–290 118–132
Large 231–260 105–118
Extra Large 201–230 91–104
Jumbo 181–200 83–91
Extra Jumbo 161–180 74–82
Giants 141–160 65–73
Colossal 121–140 55–64
Super Colossal 111–120 50–54
Mammoth 101–110 46–50
Super Mammoth 91–100 41–45

 

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