The olive tree is of the species Olea europacea that has more than 50 different varieties which are commonly grown around the world. Barilla Estate's extensive plantings feature the Frantoio variety originating from Tuscany, Italy and which produces an oil that is aromatic and fruity.
Frantoio olives are small to medium size and oval in shape. The olives have a pleasant nutty flavour when pickled. When mature, the fruit are coloured purple-black, but at the preferred harvest time for oil production are green and purple-green. Interestingly, in Tuscany an olive oil processing factory is also called a 'Frantoio'.