SYNONYMS: Collias, Coyas, Olive de Nimes
ORIGIN: France: Gard, Bocche del Rodano, Var, Herault, Corsica, Aude, Ardeche, Valchiusa
USE: Table / Oil
TREE: Of medium vigor with a crown of an open shape and upright growth. The fruiting branches are generally pendulant and well spaced. The leaves are ellipsoidal, lanceolate, large, flat surfaced and of a light green color.
FRUIT: The fruit of medium sized (3-5 grams), is harvested green for table olives, and black for oil production. Ripening is late (November, December) and the olives of an elongated, ellipsoidal shape yield an average of 18-20% in oil.
AGRONOMY: This cultivar is partly self fertile and is a good, consistent producer. Pollinators: Bouteillan, Leccino, Lucques, Manzanilla, Sigoise. This tree has notable resistance to drought and average resistance to cold, peacock spot and olive fly.
COMMENTS: A rustic variety used for both table fruit and oil that is widespread in France. Picholine is an early producer and adapts easily to varied climates and soils.