Total Time
6hrs 3mins
Prep 3 mins
Cook 6 hrs

Original recipe by the Roman Statesman Cato the Elder in the second century B.C. Recipe "modernization" found in "The Philosopher's Kitchen" by Francine Segan.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Puree the olives, onion, garlic, mint leaves, oil, fennel seeds, cumin, and coriander in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Place the puree in a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature for at least 6 hours.
  3. Before serving, stir well, top with the minced herbs, and place on a plate with the warm pita bread sections.