Olive trees are an important fruit tree in Morocco. It covers about 55% of the total area planted with
fruit trees. There are about 50 million trees, covering around 580,000 ha in the country.
The main cultivars are Moroccan Picholine (or Zitoun) – a very heterogeneous autochthonous variety that
occupies more than 96% of the olive groves. It is a vigorous and productive variety
and is adapted in all types of soils.
Meslala – an autochthonous variety with limited distribution. It is a very productive
variety suitable for table olives only, because its fruits have a very low oil content.
Haouzia – this variety is a selection of the variety Moroccan Picholine and Menara
in Marrakech. It is very productive, with high oil content (23%). The fruit weigh
between 3 to 5g, it is tolerant to Cycloconium oleaginum and comes very early in
Menara – the Menara variety is a selection of the variety Moroccan Picholine of the
Menara olive grove in Marrakech. It is very productive, with high oil content (23%),
the weight of the fruit is from 2 to 3g and comes very early in production.
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