Around the olive tree and the chestnut tree

Chestnut orchards and olive groves contribute to Corsica's landscape heritage.

The terrain on which they are planted is highly varied, with different levels of incline, not always accessible to machinery, and sometimes distant from any roads or villages.

The chestnut tree

Each valley is a "cru" of exceptional gustatory richness. Just under 50 varieties of chestnuts are known, amongst which in particular: the campanese, the gentile, the niella and the tighjulana highly appreciated for their flour, the rossa and the insitina for confectionary ("marrons glacés") and the carpinaghja, as eating fruit.

Although the main commercial application of chestnuts involves processing into flour (AOC/PDO "Farina castagnina corsa"), they are also used to make many other products (jams, marrons glacés, liqueurs, etc.). There is also a "Miel de châtaigniers" PDO. In addition, as part of the AOC cured meat finishing process, Corsican pigs are taken to chestnut groves to give their meat its characteristic taste.

Corsican chestnuts reach natural maturity (fruit fall) between mid-October and end of November.

Olive trees

History explains for a large part the origin and diversity of olive varieties. Thus, the Sabine, the most widespread variety in Corsica, and in particular in Balagne, has been locally selected solely from wild olive trees, as was the Capanacce, the dominant variety in the Cap Corse region. It would seem that the latter has adapted to rather hostile conditions (winds and sea spray). Some varieties are of Toscan origin ("Ghjermana" and "Ghjermana di Balagna"), while others, such as the Zinzala, are the result of hybridisations between local Oleasters and introduced varieties.

The dominant flavours differ depending on the varieties and their combinations, but the "Huile d’olive de Corse-Oliu di Corsica" AOC/PDO stands out thanks to its sweetness in the mouth.

Olive harvests take place, depending on the variety, between November and June in the various production areas. The first oils are available for sale from December onwards.

List of producers

Nebbiu - Capi Corsu

Olivier BARDIN

PDO olive oil - Cape Corsica onion – Rural holyday cottages

  04.95.36.32.90 |   o.p.bardin@wanadoo.fr

Ludovic BIAGGI

PDO Chestnut flour – PDO Olive Oil

  06.20.11.74.42 |   ludovic.biaggi@sfr.fr

David BONCOMPANI

PDO Chestnut flour

  04.95.37.83.65 |   vanina.boncompagni@sfr.fr

Jean-Louis GHERARDI

PDO Chestnut flour

  04.95.35.22.47 |   jean.louis.gherardi@wanadoo.fr

Anton Santu MARCHINI

U Sole di Meria

Garden Vegetables- PDO Olive oil -

  06.16.35.81.37 |   u-sole-di-meria@laposte.net

Jean-Laurent MASSARI

Gaec e Belle Bone

  06.20.33.12.14 /06.75.35.60.23 |   mariapetra2b@gmail.com |   www.belle-bone.fr

Christian MONS CATONI

PDO Olive oil

  06.07.39.76.66 |   christian.mons@panhard.fr

Olivier MORATI

PDO Olive oil

  04.95.37.71.98 |   oliviermorati@yahoo.fr

Ange PASTINELLI

PDO Olive oil

  04.95.39.07.18 |   agrotella@orange.fr

Mathilde POGGIOLI

PDO olive oil

  04.95.37.72.32 |   mathilde.poggioli@orange.fr

Aurore SARDO

A Nebbiulinca

PDO Chestnut flour – Picnics at the farm –

  06.18.00.23.58 |   www.anebbiulinca.com

Nathalie VIOLA

Casa Viola

PDO Chestnut flour - PDO Olive oil - Strawberries and figs

  06.23.57.88.92 |   violafrancois@orange.fr

Casinca - Castagniccia - Costa Verde

François ANDREANI

A Merula

PDO olive oil

  06 80 75 99 38 |   oliuandreani@gmail.com

Anthony ANGEL

Domaine LS

PDO/ olive oil – - Mill

  06 11 19 89 03 / 06 24 65 15 46 |   ribombu3@orange.fr

Stephana CHIARI

Domaine de Vignale

PDO olive oil -

  06 21 10 10 96 |   casa@domainedevignale.com |   www.domainedevignale.com

Jean-Valere et Jacques-François GERONIMI

Pratali

Organic gardening – PDO Olive Oil - Jams - Condiments

  06 21 72 85 25 |   jfgeronimi@me.com |   www.pratali.fr

Stéphane GUERRINI

AOP chestnut flour - Rural holidays cottage

  06 11 09 93 43 |   guerrini.stephane@gmail.com

Giocante PIETRI

Domaine de Saint-Antoine

PGI WINES - PDO OLIVE OIL - GITE

  06 51 16 69 89 |   giocante.pietri@gmail.com

Joseph RIOLI

Moulin de Prunete

PDO olive oil.- Mill

  04 95 38 01 84 |   joseph.rioli@orange.fr

Jean-Paul VINCENSINI et Fils

CASTAGNE DI VALLE RUSTIE

Chestnut flour PDO/OA- OA Biscuit making- Conserves OA - Honey PDO/OA - Cooked meats PDO/OA- Organic jams

  04 95 47 15 45 |   contact@vincensini.fr |   www.vincensini.fr

Corsica Livantina

Anne AMALRIC

Domaine Marquiliani

PDO olive oil – Certified organic almonds – PDO Corsica wines. - Rural holiday cottage

  06 25 72 65 62 |   marquilianne@wanadoo.fr |   www.oliudicorsica.fr

Emanuele BARBIERI

Walks in the chestnut groves - Chestnut flour PDO/OA

  04 95 39 60 74 |   valdibura29@gmail.com |   castanea-corsica.com

Emilie BOREL BERTA

Moulin Oltremonti

PDO/ olive oil – - Mill

  06 29 54 02 65 |   contact@oltremonti.com |   www.oltremonti.com

Marie-Jo DEFENDINI

E STRETTE

PDO Olive oil

  06 79 84 68 89 |   marie-jo.defendini@orange.fr

Paul DI LUNA

Domaine de Teghja

PDO Olive oïl - PGI wines

  04 95 35 96 65 |   mj.diluna@orange.fr |   www.domainedeteghja.com

Brigitte LE MEUR et Christian HIGOA

Organic and PDO chestnut flour – Chestnut-based biscuiterie

  06 18 12 74 73 |   c.higoa@gmail.com

Josette LUCCIARDI

Clos LUCCIARDI

PDO Corsica wines - PDO Olive Oil

  06 77 07 27 34 |   contact@closlucciardi.com |   www.closlucciardi.com

Roger Philippe MAURIZI

Domaine Petraghje

PDO olive oil

  06 17 74 23 89 |   domainepetraghje@gmail.com

Raphaëlle PEIGNIER ASTIMA

Le Verger de Raphaëlle

IGP Hazelnuts and confectionery – Hazelnut oil and flour – PDO olive oil – Fig jam – Tea at the farm.

  06 71 89 40 70 |   verger-de-raphaelle@orange.fr |   www.le-verger-de-raphaelle.fr

Dui Sevi-Dui Sorru - Cruzini - Cinarca

Virginie et Jean-Luc ALBERTINI

PDO chestnut flour – Goat cheese – Market garden

  04.95.26.29.78 |   albertini.jeanluc@orange.fr

Claude BLANC

PDO Olive oil

  06.26.79.27.81 |   sanghjuva@gmail.com

Marina CECCALDI

glace chestnuts- PDO chestnut flour - Jams

  06.79.51.57.91 |   marina.ceccaldi@wanadoo.fr

CHATAIGNERAIE COMMUNALE DE MARIGNANA

Chesnut forest

Dominique CORIERAS

PDO/ Certified Organic Chestnut flour - Transport by mules – Horse and donkey rides.

  04.95.28.34.25 |   dominique-marie.corieras1@orange.fr

Jean-Dominique FRANCHI

PDO Olive oil - PDO chestnut flour

  06.82.49.95.55 |   caroline.fouchet@wanadoo.fr

Pierre-Toussaint GAFFORY

Le Ranch

Horse-riding courses - Horse trekking - Accommodation and breaking in of horses - Cattle farming - PDO olive oil

  04.95.28.01.57 |   www.ranchsagone.com

Jean-Claude LECA

PDO charcuterie - PDO chestnut flour - Jams

  06.81.61.21.21 |   jeanclaude.leca59@gmail.com

André POLI

U Tretorre

PDO Charcuterie - PDO olive oil

  06.79.65.53.59 |   da.poli@orange.fr

Cyril POMPEANI

PDO chestnut flour

  04.95.24.57.75 |   cyril.pompeani@orange.fr

Pascal SANTUCCI

PDO chestnut flour. PDO charcuterie

  06.89.31.68.74 |   pascalsantucci@orange.fr

Jean-Luc VERSINI

PDO chestnut flour

  04.95.26.24.81 |   jean-luc.versini@orange.fr

Sud Corse

Jean Pierre ANTONETTI

Farmer's goat’s cheese - Brocciu AOP - Olive oil AOP

  06 85 26 56 07 |   jean-pierre.antonetti@orange.fr

Jean Christophe ARRII

Artisanal PDO Olive Oil – B&B

  04.95.70.23.01. |   arrii-jc@hotmail.fr

Philippe et Annie BELANGER

L'Ortulinu

Organic seasonal vegetables - Organic Olive oil - Organic jams- Organic Bread

  04.95.10.43.55. |   philippebelanger2a@gmail.com

Yves CANARELLI

Clos Canarelli

PDO Figari wines – PDO olive oil

  04.95.71.07.55. |   closcanarelli2a@orange.fr

Christian et Marc IMBERT

Domaine De Torraccia

Organic and PDO Porto Vecchio wines – PDO olive oil – Table olives

  04.95.71.43.50. |   torracciaoriu@wanadoo.fr |   www.domaine-de-torraccia.com

Monique et Camille JEHL

Les oliviers de Giuseppone

  06 84 17 11 41 / 06 32 57 56 87 |   lesoliviersdegiuseppone@hotmail.fr

Fabienne MAESTRACCI

CAVALLO MORTO

PDO olive oil – Guest rooms

  06 09 36 35 50 |   info@cavallomorto.com |   www.bonifaciocorsica.info

Ghuvan Ghjiseppu et Thomas MARCELLESI

A Vallicella

Sheep cheese - PDO Brocciu – Holiday cottage - Artisanal PDO Olive Oil

  06.12.89.33.67. / 06.40.40.20.43. |   contact@valicella.com |   www.valicella.com

Centru di Corsica

Christiane et Jean-Pierre GIORDANI

PDO chestnut flour

  06 84 66 22 41 |   academiededansedecorte@orange.fr

Pasquin FLORI et Jean-Yves ACQUAVIVA

Gaec Sativa

Organic/PDO Chestnut Flour – Sheep rearing

  04 95 48 09 08 |   www.gaecsativa.com

Sartinesi Valincu Taravu

Etienne et Juliette ANDREANI

Le Moulin de Sardelle

PDO OLIVE OIL - GITES

  06 86 94 68 93 |   etienne.andreani@orange.fr

Angeot et Nadia ANDREUCCI

U Taravu

Farmhouse inn

  04 95 24 46 06 |   andreucci@wanadoo.fr

Noellie ANDREUCCI

U Taravu

PDO charcuterie - PDO chesnut flour

  04 95 24 46 06 |   andreucci@wanadoo.fr

Jean Marc BLANWALHIN

PDO chestnut flour

  06 13 19 25 27 |   blanwalhin.jean-marc@orange.fr

Solange FAVRE

Macchia e Ortu

PDO olive oil – Aromatic herbs – Verbena

  06 69 22 39 05 |   solange.favre2a@gmail.com

Véronique LEONI

A casa di a Castagna

Candied chestnuts - Jams

  04 95 24 47 63 |   v.leoni@casadiacastagna.fr |   www.casadiacastagna.fr

Pierre PERALDI

DOMAINE ARCUSA

PDO Olive oil

  06.16.72.07.87. / 06.33.22.95.98. |   www.domainearcusa.com

Gilles SEROIN

Domaine Santarmettu

Corse-Sartène PDO wines - PDO Olive oil - Guest house

  04 95 76 24 47 |   contact@santarmettu.com |   www.SANTARMETTU.COM

Balagna

Olivier ANTONINI

Clos Antonini

Grape and citrus juices – Citrus jams – Wines – PDO Olive Oil

  04.95.61.76.83 |   olivier-antonini@wanadoo.fr

Dominique et David BICHON

Olivadia

PDO olive oil

  06.87.10.96.96 |   olivadia@wanadoo.fr

Stéphanie BOUYRIE

L'Ernaghju

  06.70.20.43.00 |   bouyrie.stephanie@gmail.com |   www.campingalafermecorse.fr

Frédéric DELENNE

Huile d'Olive Sant'Antonino

PDO olive oil –

  06.12.96.94.43 |   spuntinu@gmail.com

Pierre FLORCZYK

Le Moulin du Château -

  06.07.77.51.26 |   moulin-chateau@orange.fr

Emmanuelle FONDACCI

Organic seasonal vegetables -PDO olive oil

  06.08.16.64.02 |   paulmanue@wanadoo.fr

Rose HUBERT

Pietra Macchja

PDO Olive Oil – Organic Almonds Farmyard Campsite – Guest Cottages

  04.95.61.50.23 |   roselyne.hubert0436@orange.fr

Dominique RAINERI

PDO Olive oil

  06.81.18.75.49 |   raineri.dume@orange.fr