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Olive Cultivars

We produce five main cultivars on the farm: Mission, Manzanilla, Barouni, Kalamata and Nocellara del Belice.

Mission

Mission is by far the most popular cultivar grown in South Africa. The Mission cultivar originates from California, is very versatile and can be used for natural black and green table olives and olive oil.

Manzanilla

The Manzanilla Cultivar is of Spanish origin and is widely cultivated. This is the most popular table olive cultivar grown internationally. The word “Manzanilla” means “small apple".

Barouni

Barouni Olives is a variety originally from Tunisia, North Africa. These large olives are harvested when green and are all packed as Queen size olives.

Kalamata

The Kalamata variety is mostly grown in the southern region of the Peloponnese, Greece. The fruit is medium-sized and has one curved side, giving it a pretty almond shape. These olives have an excellent texture, taste and aroma and are harvested when black.

Nocellara Del Belice

Nocellara del Belice is an olive cultivar from the Valle del Belice area of South-Western Sicily. It is a dual-purpose olive, grown both for oil and table. Nocellara del Belice olives are grown primarily in Sicily, but also in India, Pakistan and South Africa.

Mission

Mission is by far the most popular cultivar grown in South Africa. The Mission cultivar originates from California, is very versatile and can be used for natural black and green table olives and olive oil.

Manzanilla

The Manzanilla Cultivar is of Spanish origin and is widely cultivated. This is the most popular table olive cultivar grown internationally. The word “Manzanilla” means “small apple".

Barouni

Barouni Olives is a variety originally from Tunisia, North Africa. These large olives are harvested when green and are all packed as Queen size olives.

Kalamata

The Kalamata variety is mostly grown in the southern region of the Peloponnese, Greece. The fruit is medium-sized and has one curved side, giving it a pretty almond shape. These olives have an excellent texture, taste and aroma and are harvested when black.

Nocellara Del Belice

Nocellara del Belice is an olive cultivar from the Valle del Belice area of South-Western Sicily. It is a dual-purpose olive, grown both for oil and table. Nocellara del Belice olives are grown primarily in Sicily, but also in India, Pakistan and South Africa.

Did you Know?

OLIVES ARE HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS Fancy getting your daily dose of free radical-zapping antioxidants? These superhero molecules aid in the prevention of many different diseases, including heart disease, stroke, DNA damage, and cancer. And guess what? Olives are packed full of them! So be sure to stock up on your favourite Buffet Olives varieties and serve with every meal. The long-living Greeks and Italians would approve! OLIVES ARE A SOURCE of VITAMINS AND MINERALS Olives are a great source of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Did you know that Vitamin A is crucial for healthy eyes? In case you needed another reason to enjoy your favourite olives on a regular basis, one cup of black olives contains 10% of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin A. Olives are also a great source of Vitamin E, which protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation, thus guarding against skin cancer and premature aging. Make sure to add these flavourful, health bombs to your favourite dish, and enjoy all the amazing health benefits that olives have to offer.