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OLIVE AND OLIVE OIL OF NIMES

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The Outstanding Good Taste Site of Olive Grove of the Nîmes province has for objective the valuation of the Olive oil and the Olive AOP (Protected designation of origin) of Nîmes, know-how, landscapes of garigue and the dry stone's heritage which are so many treasures of this unique region. 30 ambassadors of the association " Les Olivettes du Pays de Nîmes ", gathered around their passion for the olive tree, its soil, its symbolism, its culture, offer you a welcome privileged and exceptional meetings: tasting workshops, cutting, stone construction dries, hikes with donkeys, reading, …

The Olive tree

It's the symbolic tree of our Mediterranean region. We find it in our Garrigue's landscape with olive groves and in our plates with our Mediterranean cooking.

AOP

The Olive oil AOP of Nîmes owes its specificity to the famous variety of the department of the Gard: Picholine. It confers marked vegetable scents which will allow to enrich and boost the flavors of your cooked cold dishes.

The Olive of Nîmes, variety Picholine, is an olive of crunchy exceptional mouth with a juicy pulp. Harvested in the beginning of autumn, it's put in brine according to the traditional recipe elaborated by the brothers Picholini in 18th century, and which grants it a salty characteristic which will delight young and older around a gourmand apéritif.

The Garigue

Dry and rocky environment which house an exceptional biodiversity by its wealth and its originality, the garigue, the typically Mediterranean landscape, draws its origins from the ancestral relation between the man and its environment. Stone heritage dries, olive grove, oak-trees thicket, pasture testify of this intense activity which built the garigue of today.

The Stone Dries

To allow the culture of the olive tree in the garigue of Nîmes, it needed to patiently cleared of stones the ground. So, numerous stones obtained, allowed without mortar nor cement, walls of enclosure or retaining structure of terraces, but also shelters for the man and its tools. These shelters: capitelles, takes the name of " tines " when olives were kept looking forward to their transport in the oil mill.