Nocellara del Belice

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Nocellara del Belice
Nocellara del Belice
Nocellara del Belice are picked at the right time to retain their bright green hue
Olive (Olea europaea)
Color of the ripe fruit Green
Also called Castelvetrano
Origin Italy
Notable regions Sicily
Use Oil and table

Nocellara del Belice is an olive cultivar primarily grown in Sicily.[1] Also known as Castelvetrano olives in the United States and elsewhere,[2] these large, green olives have a mild, buttery flavor that makes them popular table olives,[2][3] though they are also used to produce olive oil.[4] The Nocellara del Belice has protected designation of origin DOC status in the European Union. Outside Italy, Nocellara del Belice olives are grown in India, Pakistan, and South Africa.[5]


  1. ^ Josâe Benites; Michele Pisante; Fabio Stagnari (2005), Integrated Soil and Water Management for Orchard Development: Role and Importance : Proceedings of the International Seminar "The Role and Importance of Integrated Soil and Water Management for Orchard Development" Organized by the FAO Land and Water Development Division and the College of Agricultural Sciences, University of Teramo, Italy, 9-10 May 2004, Mosciano S. Angelo, Italy, Food & Agriculture Org., p. 17, ISBN 978-92-5-105347-8 
  2. ^ a b Amanda Gold (March 1, 2009), "Olive lovers clamor for the Castelvetrano", San Francisco Chronicle 
  3. ^ Stan Kailis; David Harris (1 February 2007), Producing Table Olives, Landlinks Press, pp. 61–62, ISBN 978-0-643-09950-0 
  4. ^ Tom Mueller (5 December 2011), Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, W. W. Norton, p. 9, ISBN 978-0-393-08348-4 
  5. ^ Olive Germplasm, FAO Seed and Plant Genetic Resources Service, 2008 

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