The Lucques is a cultivar of olives grown primarily in Languedoc in France. It is primarily used as a green table olive. It can also produce high quality oil, but this is hard to extract. Though vulnerable to certain pests, it is relatively resistant to cold and drought. The Lucques owes its French name to the tradition that it originated in the Italian province of Lucca. Today it is primarily associated with southern France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon region.  It can also be found in Northern Africa, Turkey.

 

It is a cultivar of good strength, with a spreading growth form in a shape described as "a vase or a parasol".  The leaves are elliptic-lanceolate, with a medium length and width. The olives are of medium to high weight, with an average commercial caliber of 20 to 24 fruits/hecto. They have an elongated, asymmetrical shape, with a pointed apex and a truncated base. The stone is pointed at both ends, with few groves and no mucro. Though the fruit comes into bearing early, its ripening is late. Picking is at the end of October or beginning of November, while the skin is a light green. It matures in December, and when fully mature the colour of the fruit is green.

 

 

 

LUCQUES OLIVE, FRANCE