Olive Varieties

May. 23, 2024

Olives with Higher Phenol Content More Resistant to Anthracnose

Researchers found that olive varieties that maintained high concentrations of certain phenolic compounds during ripening were less likely to develop anthracnose.

Mar. 13, 2024

Olive Oil Times Launches Ranking Data Portal

The portal lists the most-awarded producers and brands, updated in real-time, along with detailed historical results data by hemisphere, country, cultivar and organic classification

Mar. 7, 2024

Ancient Olive Groves on Capri Are Reservoirs of Biodiversity

Researchers traced the origins of the island’s olive trees to Crete and mainland Italy and discovered 21 new varieties.

Oct. 12, 2023

Researchers Identify Three Olive Varieties Resistant to Pervasive Fungus

Three cross breeds of Frantoio, Koroneiki and Arbosana olives resisted Verticillium dahlia in a controlled environment.

Oct. 11, 2023

Researchers Identify Olive Genes Associated with Fruit Weight

The findings could help growers select the most productive olive varieties. Next, they plan to look for genes associated with polyphenol production.

Sep. 26, 2023

The Story Behind Starbucks Oleato

Starbucks shocked the world by putting olive oil in its coffees. Tommaso Asaro says it's just the beginning.

Jun. 21, 2023

Researchers Evaluate 12 Olive Varieties for Drought Tolerance

Cultivars from eight countries will be evaluated to see how they adapt to drought and heat in Andalusia.

Jun. 13, 2023

The Best Olive Varieties for Hobby Growers in Northern California

Whether it is for ornamental purposes or for small-scale table olive or oil production, these olives are perfectly suited to Northern California backyards.

Feb. 20, 2023

New Olive Variety Will 'Revolutionize' High-Density Plantations, Company Claims

In partnership with the University of Córdoba, BALAM Agriculture said the Sultana variety is larger than other olives and ripens earlier in the season. Still, much is unknown.

Feb. 15, 2023

Olive Oil Brand in Jordan Harnesses the Value in History

Ateek extra virgin olive oil is produced from the millenary trees of the ancient Mehras cultivar. Producers hope it sets Jordan apart on the international stage.

Feb. 6, 2023

Research Reveals How Deadly Pathogen Infects Olive Trees

Researchers from the University of Córdoba studied how fluid emitted by olive tree roots facilitates the germination of the fungus responsible for Verticillium wilt.

Dec. 1, 2022

Researchers Use AI to Identify EVOO Provenance

The researchers said they could correctly identify locally-produced Taggiasca Ligure olive oils 100 percent of the time.

Nov. 17, 2022

New Park in Molise Promotes Olive Tree Biodiversity, Social Inclusion

More than 20 regional olive varieties were planted at the Olive Tree Park in Termoli, Molise, which will host natural and cultural activities.


Apr. 8, 2021

New Efforts to Promote Rare White Olive Variety in Calabria

Archaeologists are working to preserve the cultural heritage of the Leucocarpa cultivar as producers are starting to grow and transform the ivory-white fruits.

Dec. 15, 2020

Scientists in Spain Identify Olive Genes Resistant to Common Pathogen

Researchers at IFAPA have identified several genes that provide resistance to the fungi that cause Verticillium wilt.

Dec. 2, 2020

Oil From Wild Olives Better at Lowering Blood Pressure, Researchers Find

Researchers in Spain found that consuming olive oil made from the wild Acebuche variety may significantly lower excessive arterial pressure and combat the consequences of retinal hypertension.

Oct. 12, 2020

Signs of Life Among Puglia’s Xylella-Ravaged Groves

Farmers in the southern Apulian commune of Casarano – in a Xylella fastidiosa red zone – have successfully harvested olives of the Favolosa cultivar. The triumph provides a roadmap for other producers in Xf-hit areas.

Aug. 17, 2020

Researchers Test New Olive Varieties to Improve Sustainability

A team in Andalusia is testing a hedge cultivation system that could be more profitable for growers and sustainable for the environment.

May. 21, 2020

Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Jaén Granted PGI Status

Olive oil from the Jaén region has been approved by the European Commission for PGI status and added to the official register of 1,470 protected products.

Jan. 15, 2020

Where the World's Olives Live Side by Side

From a distance, this olive grove on the outskirts of Córdoba looks just like any other field. But it is home for more than 1,000 olive cultivars from 29 countries, from Iran to the Americas, passing through all of the Mediterranean Basin.

Dec. 5, 2019

Nearly One-third of World's Olive Oil Made from Picual

The newly published reference guide, International Olive Growing: Worldwide Analysis and Summary, sheds light on a number of interesting olive oil-related statistics.