24 Apr

Shaking up olives

Avon man giving the small oval fruit some extra flavor

By Ryan Ori

Spices have always brought variety to Dana Parson’s food.

After years of experimenting with unique flavorings on food, this rural Avon resident is preparing to introduce his latest creation, Bridgeview Olives, to consumers. The fledgling company offers marinated olives with flavors such as pizza, tamale and smoked garlic.

“I was making my own flavored sunflower seeds, and next thing I know somebody’s got flavored sunflower seeds out there (in stores),” Parson said. “I used to put different flavors on popcorn, and now they’ve got flavored popcorn. Finally, I came into the olives and said, ‘I’m going to do this myself.’

“I’ve got an idea, and I want to see what I can do with it.”

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