Olive Tree Care

Tuscan Varietals

Tuscan oil tends to taste more peppery, pungent and green than other olive oils due to its relatively high polyphenol level. To harvest in advance of winter freezes, Tuscan farmers pick their crops earlier than farmers from other regions, when the fruit is still a mix of green and purple. This practice of early harvest yields a more pungent oil. The McEvoy Ranch harvest generally spans mid-November to mid-December to create an oil with this classic Tuscan flavor profile. The ranch orchards consist of Frantoio, Leccino, Moraiolo, Pendolino, Maurino, Leccio del Corno and Coratina trees.

Some examples of Tuscan oil blends follow. The non-Tuscan addition of Puglia’s Coratina is added for pungency.

Traditional Blend
35% Frantoio
35% Moraiolo
20% Leccino
5% Coratina
5% Pendolino and/or Maurino

Slightly More Peppery Blend
40% Frantoio
40% Moraiolo
10% Coratina
5% Leccino
5% Pendolino and/or Maurino

Slightly Milder Blend
20% Frantoio
20% Moraiolo
50% Leccino
10% Pendolino and/or Maurino