Olive Oil Varieties

  • Varieties of olives in olive oil

    Did you know that olive oil is like wine? There are countless varieties of olives grown around the world, and just like grapes to wine, each olive variety grown in different regions will create a unique taste.
    Why is this important? Because you don’t want to use a spicy and bitter olive oil on a delicate piece of white fish, just in the same way that you don’t drown out a delicate meal with a hearty Shiraz. Scroll to the right to find out more about the most prominent olive varieties and how you might use the extra virgin olive oils from these

Hojiblanca

Other Names:	K18 Traditional origin:  	Israel Distribution:  	Israel, Australia, bla bla Cultivation:	~XXX hectares in Israel Appearance: 	Elongated, medium weight, pointed Harvest & yield: 	Early? Typical yield?	 Characteristics: 	Known for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile;  Interesting facts: 	bla bla bla

Traditional origin: Spain
DistributionCórdoba, Málaga, Seville, Granada
Also: Australia
Cultivation>200,000 ha in Andalusia
AppearanceHigh weight, symmetrical ovoid shape with rounded apex
Harvest & yield: Late ripening; high yield and alternate productivity
CharacteristicsOil is rated very highly for its quality and fruitiness, although it has relatively low stability.
Commonly used for table olives.
Interesting facts: “Hojiblanca” refers to “white leaf”, indicating the white underside of the leaves of this variety.

Picual

Other Names:	K18 Traditional origin:  	Israel Distribution:  	Israel, Australia, bla bla Cultivation:	~XXX hectares in Israel Appearance: 	Elongated, medium weight, pointed Harvest & yield: 	Early? Typical yield?	 Characteristics: 	Known for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile;  Interesting facts: 	bla bla bla

Traditional origin: Spain
DistributionJaén, Córdoba, Granada
Also: Australia
Cultivation>700,000 ha in Spain
AppearanceOvoid, medium weight, asymmetric with round pointed tip
Harvest & yield: Early ripening; high and constant productivity; high oil content
CharacteristicsKnown for high stability, often bitter olive oils
Interesting facts: “Picual” comes from “pico” or “peak” referring to the pointed tip of the olive.

Arbequina

Other Names:	K18 Traditional origin:  	Israel Distribution:  	Israel, Australia, bla bla Cultivation:	~XXX hectares in Israel Appearance: 	Elongated, medium weight, pointed Harvest & yield: 	Early? Typical yield?	 Characteristics: 	Known for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile;  Interesting facts: 	bla bla bla

Traditional origin: Spain
DistributionCatalonia, Aragon, Andalusia
Also: Argentina, California, Australia
Cultivation>55,000 ha in Catalonia
AppearanceLow weight, spherical, symmetric
Harvest & yield: Early harvest; high and constant productivity; high oil content
CharacteristicsKnown for excellent quality and fruity oil, but low in stability
Interesting facts: Due to the low vigour (flexibility) of the tree, this variety is well-suited and often used for intensive and high-density orchards

Cornicabra

Other Names:	K18 Traditional origin:  	Israel Distribution:  	Israel, Australia, bla bla Cultivation:	~XXX hectares in Israel Appearance: 	Elongated, medium weight, pointed Harvest & yield: 	Early? Typical yield?	 Characteristics: 	Known for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile;  Interesting facts: 	bla bla bla

Traditional origin: Spain
DistributionCiudad Real, Toledo, Madrid, Badajoz and Cáceres
Cultivation>270,000ha in central Spain
AppearanceMedium weight, elongated, asymmetrical and pointed end
Harvest & yield: Late ripening, high and alternate productivity
CharacteristicsKnown for highly stable, strongly-flavoured, often bitter olive oils
Interesting facts: “Cornicabra” means “goat’s horn” referring to the curved and pointed shape of this olive

Coratina

Other Names:	K18 Traditional origin:  	Israel Distribution:  	Israel, Australia, bla bla Cultivation:	~XXX hectares in Israel Appearance: 	Elongated, medium weight, pointed Harvest & yield: 	Early? Typical yield?	 Characteristics: 	Known for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile;  Interesting facts: 	bla bla bla

Traditional origin: Italy
DistributionPuglia
Also: Australia, South Africa, South America
Cultivation
AppearanceHigh weight, ovoid, slightly asymmetric
Harvest & yield: Ripens late, variable size, high yield
CharacteristicsKnown for highly stable and strong-flavoured oils
Interesting facts:

Leccino

Other Names:	K18 Traditional origin:  	Israel Distribution:  	Israel, Australia, bla bla Cultivation:	~XXX hectares in Israel Appearance: 	Elongated, medium weight, pointed Harvest & yield: 	Early? Typical yield?	 Characteristics: 	Known for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile;  Interesting facts: 	bla bla bla

Traditional origin: Italy
DistributionTuscany, Umbria
Also: Australia, Jordan, Israel, New Zealand, Argentina
Cultivation
AppearanceMedium weight, ovoid, slightly asymmetric
Harvest & yield: Ripens early, high and constant productivity, medium yield
CharacteristicsMildly fruity and delicate. Also well suited to table olives
Interesting facts: This variety is self-sterile and needs another variety to pollinate it.
Well-suited to colder growing climates.

Nocellara del Belice

Other Names:	K18 Traditional origin:  	Israel Distribution:  	Israel, Australia, bla bla Cultivation:	~XXX hectares in Israel Appearance: 	Elongated, medium weight, pointed Harvest & yield: 	Early? Typical yield?	 Characteristics: 	Known for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile;  Interesting facts: 	bla bla bla

Traditional origin: Italy
DistributionWestern Sicily
Also: India, Pakistan, South Africa
Cultivation
AppearanceHigh weight, spherical, asymmetric
Harvest & yield: Late ripening, high and constant productivity, high flesh content (very suitable for table olives)
CharacteristicsThe oil is rated very highly for quality, being light and perfumed
Interesting facts: “Valle del Belìce” extra-virgin olive oil is pressed from a minimum of 70% Nocellara del Belice olives.
There are two different DOP protections for oil made from Nocellara del Belice, one for oil and one for table olives.

Frantoio

Other Names:	K18 Traditional origin:  	Israel Distribution:  	Israel, Australia, bla bla Cultivation:	~XXX hectares in Israel Appearance: 	Elongated, medium weight, pointed Harvest & yield: 	Early? Typical yield?	 Characteristics: 	Known for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile;  Interesting facts: 	bla bla bla

Traditional origin: Italy
DistributionCentral Italy
Also: Australia, California, Chile, Argentina, Spain, Jordan
Cultivation
AppearanceMedium weight, ovoid, slightly asymmetric
Harvest & yield: Ripens late in phases, high and constant productivity, medium oil content
CharacteristicsWell known for producing very fruity and aromatic Tuscan oils that are stable over time.
Interesting facts: Self-fertile, but the presence of a pollinator will increase fruit production

Koroneiki

Other Names:	K18 Traditional origin:  	Israel Distribution:  	Israel, Australia, bla bla Cultivation:	~XXX hectares in Israel Appearance: 	Elongated, medium weight, pointed Harvest & yield: 	Early? Typical yield?	 Characteristics: 	Known for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile;  Interesting facts: 	bla bla bla

Traditional origin: Israel
DistributionIsrael, Australia, bla bla
Cultivation~XXX hectares in Israel
AppearanceElongated, medium weight, pointed
Harvest & yield: Early? Typical yield?
CharacteristicsKnown for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile
Interesting facts: bla bla bla

Koroneiki

Other Names:	K18 Traditional origin:  	Israel Distribution:  	Israel, Australia, bla bla Cultivation:	~XXX hectares in Israel Appearance: 	Elongated, medium weight, pointed Harvest & yield: 	Early? Typical yield?	 Characteristics: 	Known for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile;  Interesting facts: 	bla bla bla

Traditional origin: Israel
DistributionIsrael, Australia, bla bla
Cultivation~XXX hectares in Israel
AppearanceElongated, medium weight, pointed
Harvest & yield: Early? Typical yield?
CharacteristicsKnown for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile
Interesting facts: bla bla bla

Koroneiki

Other Names:	K18 Traditional origin:  	Israel Distribution:  	Israel, Australia, bla bla Cultivation:	~XXX hectares in Israel Appearance: 	Elongated, medium weight, pointed Harvest & yield: 	Early? Typical yield?	 Characteristics: 	Known for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile;  Interesting facts: 	bla bla bla

Traditional origin: Israel
DistributionIsrael, Australia, bla bla
Cultivation~XXX hectares in Israel
AppearanceElongated, medium weight, pointed
Harvest & yield: Early? Typical yield?
CharacteristicsKnown for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile
Interesting facts: bla bla bla

Koroneiki

Other Names:	K18 Traditional origin:  	Israel Distribution:  	Israel, Australia, bla bla Cultivation:	~XXX hectares in Israel Appearance: 	Elongated, medium weight, pointed Harvest & yield: 	Early? Typical yield?	 Characteristics: 	Known for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile;  Interesting facts: 	bla bla bla

Traditional origin: Israel
DistributionIsrael, Australia, bla bla
Cultivation~XXX hectares in Israel
AppearanceElongated, medium weight, pointed
Harvest & yield: Early? Typical yield?
CharacteristicsKnown for (un)stable? olive oil that has the ABC type of flavour profile
Interesting facts: bla bla bla