SANT’AGOSTINO – OIL VARIETY
Apulian variety, particularly spread in the Province of Bari, mainly in the municipality of Andria, but also in the Province of Foggia.
Quite vigorous tree that doesn’t grow very much, with branches usually erect, it has a restrained growth habit and very flexible, long and pendulous fruit-bearing branches. Leaves are lanceolate, big but with a small base; their upper surface is of a pale green, while the lower surface is silvery-grey.
Inflorescences are long, with 15-20 flowers on average. Self-sterile variety, we recommend Oliva di Cerignola, Coratina, Moraiolo, Pendolino and Correggiolo as pollinators. Fruits are big-sized (8-9 g), asymmetrical, ovoid, large in the middle. It doesn’t bear Verticillum wilt, scab, sooty mould and Spring cold. It is, on the other hand, resistant to bird’s eye spot disease. This plant is not very rustic and cannot adapt easily to different olive-groves. It prefers calcareous and deep soils, not excessively damp.
Olives are harvested early, in September, in order to be used to prepare green olives, while if harvested when ripe, in November, they have a purplish colour. Pulp is abundant (90%) and a good quality one. Oil yield is slow, 14-15% on average.