The French Olive dares to be different for California!
According to some nursery wholesalers… we are “pioneers in California.” Our trees are of several French varietals including Tanche, Cayon and Bouteillan primarily. In recent years consumers have developed a taste for robust, fresh, natural olive oils. The French varietals tend to have a pleasant, milder flavor and a clean finish. Along with a smoother texture and great aroma, our oil is perfect for the discerning palate as well as the consumer new to the taste and pleasures of fresh olive oil.
- Tanche – Possibily the best known French olive variety, it is grown primarily in the Drôme & Vaucluse region of southern France. It is often referred to as “La Perle Noire” the Black Pearl of Provence. High oil content (25-30%) and the high fruit weight (5-6 grams) made this large elliptic olive our first choice and comprises 58% of our trees.
- Cayon – This variety is grown primarily in the Var region of southern France. The Cayon is highly valued for its role as a pollinator and oil production. 17% of our trees are Cayon.
- Bouteillan – Grown mostly in the southern France Var region, it is also grown in Australia and the U.S. Bouteillan is used for oil production because of its high oil content in the fruit. Our orchard is made up of 16% Bouteillan.
- Aglandau – 5% of our trees, this variety is grown in the Alps de Haute Provence and the Valcluse regions in France. Although used both for oil and table olives, the oil considered the finest quality because of its’ fruitiness.