A fruit with its roots in antiquity, the Greek olive rightfully has a center place on the modern table. An excellent, healthful alternative or accompaniment to cheese and crackers, Greek olives make a wonderful appetizer. They are available in jars, tubs or in bulk from the deli in their own brine, or dressed in a mouthwatering home marinade. Thanks to their rich taste and texture, olives are also an increasingly popular cooking ingredient in main dishes, from poultry and fish to vegetarian stews. Greek olives are a great source of the antioxidant vitamin E, which can prevent certain cancers and is known to have other health benefits.