March. 13: Olive trees varieties

Work in progress - Olives & Oils

There are hundreds of varieties of olive trees, probably more than 60 in the department of the Var alone.In the same way as for grape varieties, these differences are based on their appearance, their resilience (to disease, to the cold), their frailty and of course their organoleptic characteristics.As many differences are to be found between a Pinot noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon as between a Picholine and a Cailletier for example.The organoleptic characteristics are based on four main criteria:• Olfactory intensity or "bouquet"• The type of aroma (banana, artichoke, cocoa, vanilla for example..)• The asperity of the flavour or "piquant" quality• The bitternessThe organoleptic differences of each variety also depend on the maturity of the olives and the way in which the olives have been ground up, as well as the length of time between harvesting and grinding.All these factors in turn have an influence on the huge variety of types of olive oil.A combination of these factors enables one to describe a particular type of olive oil.

March. 13: Olive trees varieties
March. 13: Olive trees varieties

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