Olive harvest in France 2019-2020: French olive oil promises to be of good gustative quality, but with a declining production!
The olive harvest in France has just begun. Olive growers and millers in Provence are in full swing… But production is still expected to be modest this year due to the drought in the summer of 2019. But good news! The small producers of the Compagnie de l’Huile d’Olive are unanimous, the 2020 edition of French olive oil promises to be of excellent quality in terms of taste.
A drop in olive production in 2019 in the South of France
Olive production in France is expected to decline by 20% to 40% depending on the geographical area. But it is still a little early to make a decision as the olive harvest in France has just begun. It will be necessary to wait until December or January 2020 for the olives of high altitude. This year again, the olive trees have particularly suffered from the climate. The rains of last spring caused a delay in the flowering of the olive trees. In June, the arrival of strong heats and in full bloom of the olive trees resulted in a difficult transformation of the flower into fruit. The heat wave of summer 2019 was marked by the fall of many olives, especially young olive trees.
An early 2018-2020 harvest of olives which announces an excellent taste quality of olive oil from Provence.
In the Vallée des Baux de Provence, Var, Gard, Hérault, Drôme, the picking of olives for the production of green fruity extra virgin olive oil started early. The fruity green olive oil should be characterized by the pronounced green aromas so characteristic of the olive varieties of the South of France. The presence of bitterness, a good level of ardour and numerous aromas should enable the small producers and millers selected by La Compagnie de l’Huile d’Olive to obtain extra virgin olive oils of excellent taste quality. At the beginning of November the olives should reach their maximum quantity in oil. The ripe fruitiness and the old-fashioned olive oil should lose their ardour and bitterness to reveal all the aromas and make it possible to obtain a particularly harmonious olive oil.
Thus, the specificities of the PDO extra virgin olive oil from the Vallée des Baux de Provence, PDO of Provence, PDO of Haute Provence, PDO of Nîmes and PDO of Nyons should be particularly well respected in this olive growing season 2019-2020. Single variety French olive oils will also happily reveal all their specificities.
The tasting of an olive oil from France 2020 placed under the sign of rarity!
At the end of December 2019 and in January 2020, the tasting of the new olive oil will finally be able to begin, to the delight of lovers of local products from France. If this 2020 edition of French olive oil promises to be particularly rare, it will enchant a wide variety of culinary preparations. In the meantime, you will continue to enjoy the great diversity of the olive oil of Provence of the year 2019 in total confidence because it keeps all their properties until January 2021. So take advantage of Christmas to let your loved ones discover the authenticity of extra virgin olive oil from France!