Black Olives Growing on branches on the tree

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Ancient olive

Ancient olive

Ancient olive

Ancient olive

Olive

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A favourite in the Mediterranean diet, Olives make an exquisite accompaniment to dairy foods, breads, fruits, relishes and alcoholic drinks. Olive trees are attractive, hardy trees. Well suited to hot summers and cool winters, some varieties have now shown promise in higher summer rainfall areas with low chill. They can survive on relatively poor neutral pH soils as long as they are well drained. They prefer slightly alkaline soils to slightly acid soils. Of course, fruit quality is enhance by healthy, fertile soils. Fruit grown in higher rainfall areas is well suited to pickling, but high fruit moisture content can make oil extraction more difficult. Some drying may be helpful, or reductions in irrigation and/or exclusion of rain falling on the rootzone may help. The following multipurpose olives are well suited to home growing. Those with lower chill requirements have this attribute noted.

Olive - Koroneiki

$29.90

A very high quality oil variety, exceptionally heavy cropper coming into production very early. Fruit size is quite small. Proving well suited to warm, non-frost regions.

Olive - Arbequina

$29.00 ($19.75-$49.00 choose a size)

Self fertile. Low chill. Origin: Spain. Small fruit, table olive pickled green. Early harvest. Commercial oil producer.Frost, coastal conditions and salinity tolerant. Cold hardy. Grows well from Cairns to Tasmania. Medium vigor and compact shape makes it ideal for backyards. Performs well in warm climates. Suited to pots and hedges.

Olive - Arecuzzo

$29.00

Small/medium fruit (2-3g). Early start to bearing. High yields. Ripens early/mid season. Medium oil content. Low chill requirement. Pickled green/black. Warm/cold climates. Showing promise in warm winter climates.

Olive - Azapa

$29.00

Table variety, medium to large fruit. Very quick to come into bearing and proving well suited to no frost regions. Most highly rated variety in Chile. Pickled green or black.

Olive - Barouni

$29.00 ($14.90-$29.00 choose a size)

Produces good sized fruit, one of the best fresh olives. Consistent bearer of good crops. Small spreading tree, easy harvesting. Does well in both cold and warmer climates. Mid to late season. Pickled green. Suggested pollinator- Manzanillo

Olive - Coratina

$29.00 ($14.90-$29.00 choose a size)

One of the most important varieties in Italy, Coratina is famed for its versatility. Renown for its early start to bearing, high yields and high quality oil. It produces a small/medium sized fruit that can be pickled both green and black. It is an adaptable tree that is a proven performer in both warm and cold climates. It is tolerant to frost, coastal conditions and salinity.Coratina' will thrive in a wide range of Australian conditions

Olive - Del Morocco

$34.95 ($19.75-$34.95 choose a size)

This oil variety yields a small to medium sized fruit (3-4g) Begins to bear early with medium oil content and high yields. Fruit ripens mid-season. Trees have a low chill, showing promise in a warm winter/summer rainfall climate, so can be grown over varied climate zones

Olive - Frantoio

$29.00 ($19.75-$49.00 choose a size)

One of the most highly acclaimed olives for the production of quality oil, producing a fruity and aromatic oil. Fruit are small - medium. A mid to late season cropper consistently producing heavy yields. Dual purpose olive, good table or oil purposes. Pickled fruit have a nutty flavour, pickle green/ black. Pollinates Kalamata. Also known as Paragon

Olive - Kalamata

$49.00 ($49.00-$49.00 choose a size)

Their fruit is juicy and sweet and have a unique torpedo shape and split in the skin. The most popular olive in Australia, they are ideal for use in cooking or as an olive to eat alone. Available seasonally as a grafted product as well as a cutting grown plant. Suggested cross-pollinators are Frantoio and Koroneiki.

Olive - Kolossus Kalamata

$39.00 ($39.00-$79.00 choose a size)

Kolossus Kalamata is a large fruit (6-8g.) A table fruit, pickled black. Highly regarded fruit for processing. Tree is cold tolerant and self-fertile in most climates, although suggested cross-pollinators are Coratina, Frantoio and Koroneiki. Origin: Victoria, Australia.

Olive - Manzanillo

$29.00 ($23.90-$59.00 choose a size)

Medium / large fruit (4.8g). High yields. Ripens early. Excellent pickling fruit, green or black. Fruit is of excellent taste and texture. Fruit should be processed before it is fully ripe to retain flesh firmness. Origin:Spain. Not recommended for oil, as oil extraction can be difficult. Suggested cross-pollinators are Frantoio, Picual, UC13 and Arbequina. Proving a good performer in low chill areas.

Olive - Paragon

$29.00

This olive is a hardy vigorous growing olive. Fruit is small sized yielding 300 - 330 olives/kg. High oil content. Heavy mid season cropper with excellent nutty flavoured fruit. Dual purpose olive that can be used as a table olive or for oil.

Olive - Picual

$23.90 ($23.90-$34.95 choose a size)

Medium sized fruit 3-4g. High yields. High oil content. Pickled green/ black. Ripens Mid/late season. Performs well across a wide range of climates, from cold to Subtropical. Largely self- fertile but can benefit from cross-pollination with Arbequina and Barnea. Medium vigour tree with a spreading and dense canopy, coming into production early. In Australia it has started to bear heavy commercial crops before most other varieties. It shows constant and high productivity and is very hardy. The Picual variety represents about 90% of the olive trees planted in the Jaen region of Spain , the largest olive growing area in the world.

Olive - UC13

$24.90 ($19.75-$24.90 choose a size)

Selected by the University of California for it large fruit, small stone and ability to produce heavy crops in hot climates. A spreading tree and good consistent cropper. Pickled green or black.

Extra Information

For Further Information:

Olives Australia
Australian Olive Association

Weed Warning: Olives are a burgeoning industry in Northern NSW and a stable industry in other parts of Australia. The tree is commonly used as both an ornamental and a useful fruiting tree in the home garden. It also has increasing popularity as a commercial crop throughout the drier regions of SA, NSW and SE QLD. While it will not tolerate wet feet, it will grow well in most other situations including full sun and part shade. The tree is causing concern as an environmental weed in the dry regions of South Australia and New South Wales.

Olive - Koroneiki

$29.90

A very high quality oil variety, exceptionally heavy cropper coming into production very early. Fruit size is quite small. Proving well suited to warm, non-frost regions.

Olive - Manzanillo

$29.00 ($23.90-$59.00 choose a size)

Medium / large fruit (4.8g). High yields. Ripens early. Excellent pickling fruit, green or black. Fruit is of excellent taste and texture. Fruit should be processed before it is fully ripe to retain flesh firmness. Origin:Spain. Not recommended for oil, as oil extraction can be difficult. Suggested cross-pollinators are Frantoio, Picual, UC13 and Arbequina. Proving a good performer in low chill areas.

Olive - Arbequina

$29.00 ($19.75-$49.00 choose a size)

Self fertile. Low chill. Origin: Spain. Small fruit, table olive pickled green. Early harvest. Commercial oil producer.Frost, coastal conditions and salinity tolerant. Cold hardy. Grows well from Cairns to Tasmania. Medium vigor and compact shape makes it ideal for backyards. Performs well in warm climates. Suited to pots and hedges.

Olive - Kalamata

$49.00 ($49.00-$49.00 choose a size)

Their fruit is juicy and sweet and have a unique torpedo shape and split in the skin. The most popular olive in Australia, they are ideal for use in cooking or as an olive to eat alone. Available seasonally as a grafted product as well as a cutting grown plant. Suggested cross-pollinators are Frantoio and Koroneiki.

Olive - Kolossus Kalamata

$39.00 ($39.00-$79.00 choose a size)

Kolossus Kalamata is a large fruit (6-8g.) A table fruit, pickled black. Highly regarded fruit for processing. Tree is cold tolerant and self-fertile in most climates, although suggested cross-pollinators are Coratina, Frantoio and Koroneiki. Origin: Victoria, Australia.

Olive Reviews & Tips

Star Rating

Adria Turner
8y ago

lake eildon, VIC, Australia

Olive - Paragon

Best tasting oil I have ever tried

David White
16y ago

Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Olive - Manzinello

Rapid grower, heavy cropper. Needs extra water during fruit set. No pests to speak of. Beautiful foliage. Needs to be pruned properly to crop well. Learn how to pickle the olives and enjoy.

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