A family story ...
In 2000, two young people in their twenties from Saint-Rémy, brother and sister, Anne and Gilles Brun, decided to open an oil mill in Saint-Rémy de Provence.
The various traditional Alpilles varieties were replanted around the Mill:
A French variety also known as Blanquette, Béruguette or Verdale de Carpentras. It is self-compatible and generally produces an average crop every other year. It is mainly used for making olive oil. It makes a high-quality oil and keeps very well. Its yield varies from 17 to 21%. It is also used in confectionery.
Of French origin, Salonenque produces a large, consistent crop. It is sensitive to cold and drought. Its pear shape and yellowish colour make it very characteristic. In September, only the large olives are picked for the split olives season, the rest being picked in November/December for oil. Its yield varies between 17 and 21% and it gives a nicely smooth oil.
Verdale des Bouches du Rhône
A French variety from the southern Bouches-du-Rhône, it is very characteristic with its many lenticels. This variety is resistant to the cold.