The Olivo Leccio
This is a typically regional cultivar, Tuscan to be precise, which in recent years has been able to achieve excellent territorial and commercial expansion thanks to its botanical characteristics and widely appreciated productions. The Holm oak plant generally develops with a medium-sized frond, has an expanded bearing, and a crown that in the full bloom appears to be decidedly thick. The main characteristic of the flowers is that of sterility, therefore they need pollination by other cultivars. This affects both fruiting and oil production, as depending on the pollinator used there will be different organoleptic characteristics. The fruiting of this variety, unlike the other regional varieties, manages to be quite constant and guarantees a good yield in terms of product.
History of the Leccio olive tree
Italy has always been a country dedicated to agricultural cultivation and the excellent production of wine and oil. Olive growing developed in the area after the barbarian invasions in the pre-Roman era. Following the affirmation of the power of the Roman Empire, it guaranteed peace and prosperity on the peninsula, leaving the farmers free to devote themselves to agricultural cultivation on the various regional territories. Naturally the climates and the organic characteristics of the different soils have given rise to completely different species and varieties. During the industrial revolution, the use of machinery and new scientific discoveries meant that the first genetic crosses that could give birth to new hybrids and therefore to new olive varieties also began. The first news of the presence of this variety on the territory is from 1929, in the locality of San Casciano in Val di Pesa in the province of Florence. The farm that was located inside the walls of the castle "Il Corno" began the cultivation of this particular variety, thus naming it Olivo Leccio del Corno.