I often see numbers like 91/100 CV when buying olives.


What do these numbers mean? I tried to do some research and I think it might have to do with the size of the olives, but I still cannot figure out what they mean exactly.

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CV is a common abbreviation for cultivar (ALLACRONYMS q.v. and used, e.g., in here (pdf) and here). The Gordal olive weighs about 12 grams (search for "size").

Assuming they are pitted, and allowing for pit weight of about one to two grams, would indicate about 90 to 100 olives per kilogram as suggested by AMTwo.

(Note that Macarico states an average weight of 12.5 grams for the Gordal olive.)


Olives are sized by "number of olives per kilogram" (or per pound, in the US). In this case the packaging is 500 grams, so I'd assume we're talking olives per kilo here.

91/100 olives mean that it will take between 91 and 100 olives in a kilo. There are additional requirements to ensure consistent sizing, so that there isn't a mix of golf balls and tiny olives in a given container.

  • What does CV stand for? Also any idea why they use a "/" instead of "-" which would have been more logical to represent a range?
    – hb20007
    Commented May 29, 2021 at 23:06

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