Cassanese Olive tree, is a Italian variety, mainly spread in the area of the Cosenza province (north of Calabria). It is a variety with good characteristics for dressing in black and acceptable for the production of olive oil.
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Names or synonyms: The Cassanese olive tree is also known for: Precoce di Cassano, Cassanisa and Grossa di Cassano.
Cassanese Olive Tree Characteristics
The Cassanese olive tree has good productive characteristics for table olives, standing out for its very high pulp/bone ratio.
Productivity: The Cassanese olive variety is early in production early and high productivity.
Regularity of bearing: Cassanese is a variety with good regularity productive (little time).
Flowering: the Cassanese olive variety is self-incompatible and medium flowering. In Calabria, pollination is carried out with the varieties of Corniola olive, Tondina and Santomauro. You have high ovarian abortion.
Vigor and bearing of the tree: Cassanese is of high vigor, erect bearing and high cup.
Leaf: the Cassanese olive tree has elliptical and medium-sized leaves
Diseases: Cassanese olive tree variety is repilo and olive knot resistant. on the other hand, the variety is fly-sensitive and is not very cold tolerant.
Multiplication: The Cassanese olive plant has a good rooting capacity.
Cassanese olive, morphological characteristics
The Cassanese olive, is mainly used for dressing in black.
Maturation: Maturation is late.
Size: Cassanese olives have a medium size (3 grams).
Shape: Cassanese olive class is elliptical, slightly asymmetric and with presence of nipple.
Skin color: This olive variety has vinous red when ripe. The lenticels are numerous and small in size.
Pulp: It has a very high pulp / bone ratio (7). However, the pulp bone does not come off well. It is a good olive for dressing in black, Californian style.
Yield: Cassanese olives are low yield.
Uses: Cassanese olive is used both for the production of table olives and olive oil.
Advantages: Olive tree with high and constant productivity.
Disadvantages: the olive yieldis low, it is also sensitive to fly and cold.
Cassanese Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The Extra Virgin Cassanese olive oil has an appreciated herbaceous flavor.
Taste: Cassanese olive oil is fruity and fluid, slightly bitter and spicy of medium intensity.
The aroma of tomato and olive leaf are especially dominant.
Properties: Cassanese olive oil has a high amount of oleic acid (77%), with a medium-low presence of Polyphenols.
Price: Cassanese EVOO can be found at prices of € 10-15 / liter.
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