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Colour of the ripe fruit: Black
Also called: Groussan, Grossanne
Origin: France
Notable regions: Vallée des Baux, Bouches-du-Rhône
Hazards: Olive fruit fly, Prays oleae, Sooty moulds
Use: Oil and table
Oil content: Low
Fertility: Self sterile
Growth form: Spreading
Leaf: Lanceolate
Weight: High
Shape: Spherical
Symmetry: Slightly asymmetrical

The Grossane is a cultivar of olives grown primarily in the Vallée des Baux and Bouches-du-Rhône regions of southern France. Though it can be used to produce oil, it is primarily used as a black table olive. Vulnerable to certain biological pests, it is highly resistant to cold and drought.



The Grossane is particularly common in the Vallée des Baux and Bouches-du-Rhône regions of southern France. It can also be found as far away as China.[1]


This cultivar is not known under any synonyms, though the spelling differs somewhat locally (Groussan, Grossanne).[1]


It is a cultivar of middle strength, with a spreading growth form and leaves of lanceolate shape and medium length and width. The olives are of high weight, ovoid shape and slightly asymmetrical. The stone has a rounded apex and a pointed base, with a rough surface and a mucro.[2]

The Grossane an intermediate cultivar in terms of flowering and ripening.[3] When fully mature, the colour of the fruit is black.[4]


Though a dual use cultivar, the Grossane is primarily used as a table olive.[3] The black olives are have a sweet taste, and the fruit is freestone — the stone does not cling to the flesh.[3] It can also be used for the extraction of oil, but it gives a poor yield, and the oil has a short shelf-life.[3] The oil is said to have a "delicate flavor with a citrus aroma and slight fruitiness",[5] while others compare it to tomatoes.[6]


Its productivity is only intermediate, but this can be improved by the use of irrigation and fertilization. The Grossane has poor rooting ability, and is often grafted.[3] It is self-sterile, and needs other pollinators. Cultivars used for pollination are the Boutellian and Aglandau.[3]

It has low resistance to certain biological pests, such as the olive fruit fly, Bactrocera oleae and sooty moulds.[7] On the other hand, it has high tolerance to cold and drought.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Cultivar name: Grossane". OLEA Databases. Retrieved 2009-01-20.  
  2. ^ "Grossane". International Olive Council. Retrieved 2009-01-20.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Grossane". Santa Cruz Olive Tree Nursery. Retrieved 2009-01-20.  
  4. ^ "Grossane Olives". Practically Edible.!openframeset&frame=Right&Src=/edible.nsf/list/Olives+--+Grossane!opendocument&keyword=Olives+--+Grossane#olives+--+grossane. Retrieved 2009-01-20.  
  5. ^ "Chateau D'Estoublon 'Grossane' Olive Oil". World Harvest International & Gourmet Foods. Retrieved 2009-01-20.  
  6. ^ Courboulex, Michel (2002) (in French). Les oliviers. Paris: Éditions Rustica. p. 43. ISBN 2840386356.  
  7. ^ "Detailed information for cultivar: Grossane". Seed and Plant Genetic Resources Service - AGPS. 2005. Retrieved 2009-01-20.  


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