Also known as: RUZZOLINO, MORINELLO, ORIOLO MORELLINO
Area of origin: TUSCANY
TREE: This is a tree of medium-to-low vigor with branches having a rising, spreading habit. The crown is gathered and has leaves which are elliptical-lanceolate in shape, of medium dimension and gray-dark green color.
FRUIT: The fruit is rather small (1.5 to 2 grams), rounded and spheroid in shape. Fully mature, it is purple-black in color, but at the correct picking time it is generally purple-green. It has a good oil content, on average between 17 and 20%, but can often be much higher. Fruit maturation is generally premature.
AGRONOMY: This variety has a relatively high and constant fruit production. It is self-sterile and requires specific pollinators, which are Pendolino and Mauriono. It resists salty winds.
COMMENTS: Moraiolo is considered a rustic variety, ideal for planting in hilly zones subject to winds. For that reason it is very diffuse in the major olive growing regions of central Italy. Its oil is highly regarded, generally fruity with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Offered olive tree varietals by country of origin:
Bella di Cerignola
Nocellara del Belice
Lechin de Sevilla
Hills of Santa Cruz
Dolce di Morocco