Leccino cultivars are the principal raw material for
Italian olive oils from Tuscany.
Frantoio is fruity, with a stronger
aftertaste than Leccino.
About the tree
Frantoio tree grows well in milder climates, but is not as
tolerant of heat and cold as Spanish olive cultivars. The tree grows
moderately and has an airy canopy. It tends to be highly productive in
the right conditions and has a tendency to grow more like a tree than
a bush, which is different from most olive trees. Average oil yield is
23-28% of the fruit. It is self-pollinating and is excellent for
pollinating other cultivars.Note that
cross-pollination will increase yield.
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