Sabine olive

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Olive (Olea europaea)
Color of the ripe fruit Black
Also called Aliva Bianca, Biancaghja, Capanacce
Origin Corsica
Notable regions Balagne in Haute-Corse
Hazards Saissetia oleae, Sooty moulds
Use Oil
Oil content High
Growth form Spreading
Leaf Elliptic
Weight Low
Shape Elongated
Symmetry Slightly asymmetrical

The Sabine is a cultivar of olives grown primarily in Corsica. In the Balagne region of Haute-Corse it is the main variety. The olive yields an exceptionally high amount of oil; more than 30%. Vulnerable to certain biological pests, it is relatively tolerant of cold. The Sabine olive variety should not be confused with the olive oil produced in the Sabina region of Italy.

Extent and synonyms[edit]

The Sabine is primarily grown in the Balagne region of Haute-Corse, where it is the main variety.[1] It is known under a number of different names locally, including Aliva Bianca, Biancaghja and Capanacce.[2]


It is a cultivar of middle strength, with a spreading growth form and elliptic leaves that are short and of medium width. The olives are of low weight, elongated shape and are slightly asymmetrical. The stone has a rounded apex and pointed base, with a smooth surface and the presence of a mucro.[3] It is a late cultivar, and matures between January and mid-June.[1]


The Sabine is used mainly for extraction of oil, and gives an extraordinarily high yield; under ideal circumstances as much as 30%.[4] The aroma of the oil is described as "ripe and green fruit and hints of nuttiness".[5]


It is considered a cultivar of good productivity, with good rooting ability, but with a tendency towards biennial bearing, i.e. that a good yield is followed by a weaker one the next year.[6]

It has low resistance to certain biological pests, such as the Saissetia oleae and sooty moulds, and to a certain extent also the Bactrocera oleae (Olive fruit fly).[7] On the other hand, it is quite tolerant of cold weather.[8]


  1. ^ a b Hennemann, Joëlle. "La richesse variétale" (in French). Nustrale. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  2. ^ "Cultivar name: Sabine". OLEA Databases. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  3. ^ "Sabine" (PDF). International Olive Council. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  4. ^ Courboulex, Michel (2002). Les oliviers (in French). Paris: Éditions Rustica. p. 43. ISBN 2-84038-635-6.
  5. ^ "Oru Di Balagna A.O.C. - France". Chef Shop. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  6. ^ "Agronomical characters for cultivar Sabine". OLEA Databases. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  7. ^ "Susceptibility to biotic stress for cultivar Sabine". OLEA Databases. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  8. ^ "Susceptibility to abiotic stress for cultivar Sabine". OLEA Databases. Retrieved 2009-01-20.