Frantoio is of medium vigour and has a drooping medium dense canopy. It has an intermediate start to bearing, a constant and high productivity and is renowned for its adaptability. The Frantoio variety is the main variety of Tuscany and famous throughout the world.
The fruit is oval shaped of medium size without a nipple and many small lenticels. The fruit ripens late in the season and is phased; however oil accumulation is much earlier with an early to intermediate harvest period.
Frantoio produces exceptionally high quality olive oil that is highly regarded around the world. The oil is well balanced and fruity and has good stability. It is also easy to process.
Frantoio is highly productive with consistently heavy yields. Frantoio is sensitive to cold and peacock spot. Foliage is a deep green colour. Frantoio has good quality pollen but benefits from cross-pollination to maximise production. In Tuscany it is usually planted with Leccino and cross pollinated with Pendolino.
This variety is established in more countries than any other. Frantoio is the world’s best known oil producing olive and well renowned for the flavour of oil that it produces.