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Rispettiamo l'Ambiente e la Natura, riponiamo sempre gli imballaggi usati quali:
Vetro, Lattine, Cartoni e Plastica nei cassonetti dedicati, in modo tale da poterli reciclare.
Così facendo si combatte l'inquinamento ed i nostri figli ci ringrazieranno così come l'ambiente.

 

Our Olive Groves

The tree

The olive tree is an evergreen and a long-lived plant. It must be looked after but most of all it needs sun and light, upper middle temperatures in the summer and relatively cold temperatures in winter. To grow well it needs a volcanic soil but can adapt itself to other soils; it can also survive during the periods of drought but is better to avoid water stagnation. The density of olive trees in olive groves changes from country to country; for example, in Greece, is possible to find 120 olive trees per hectare, in Galilee 100, in Spain 90, in Italy 85, and in Libya and Tunisia just 30. According to agronomists, an olive tree can produce from 8 to 30 kg of olives, but this is not true at all because the Maremma area, for example, produces more olives. I have seen a plant producing 5 tons of olives in the area of Santa Lucia ( between Cellere and Canino) I was there during the harvesting. A plant of Sor Masino Alessandri’s olive grove, in
Canino, broke the production record of the area amounting to 7 quintals. In Pitigliano , the tree called Olivone, has produced 8 quintals of olives: all-time record!

Catone Il Vecchio and Columella, Roman agronomists of the II-I century BC, describe the method of cultivation, based on branches and shoots’ graft of the wild variety which produces fruits. A copious production takes place every two years but this is not always true. Varrone used bacterial branches of trees with fronds and not with sticks whereas the Etruscans, used sticks and picked up olives in the ground. As a matter of fact, a top-quality oil was obtained from olives harvested by hand, without threshing. As the Bible affirms, “hand-made olives harvested belong to the owner of the land; those that remain on the tree are for birds and passing foreigners”. This also happened in Canino: anyone can make oil, even poorest people; masses of poor women went to pick olives in the olive groves fallen on the ground or not harvested by the owner. A drop of oil was not denied to anyone. And it was nice, friendly.
-I remember my poor grandmother when she went to pick up carefully the olives on the ground and she gave me a small pannier, so I could contribute to the harvest for the house. Good times! -

Francesco Menghini

 

“The Old Olive Tree of Chiusaccia”

The olive tree of Chiusaccia, called '' the chit-chat olive tree”, is a big centuries-old olive tree located,together with many others, in the olive grove "La Chiusaccia" of Canino, one of the family Archibusacci’s land tenure. The majestic branches, which extend up to the ground , have made it almost a living room in the countryside, a place of rest, for snack, lunches, breaks from work and.......chatter. For years it has been the hangout of pruners during March and April and of gatherers in November and December. Our beloved pruners and gatherers.

Canino, 23 aprile 2012

 

 

Our Companies cover an area of about 80 hectares, which enclose both the territory of Canino( Nothern area of Lazio) and the town of Saturnia (Tuscany ), including the neighboring towns of Canino. Our olive groves can be divided in two categories:
1) that of the historical olive groves and trees, with wider installations and characterized by a unique and single-variety Caninese or Canino oil.
2) that of the modern olive groves, with different installations, including other oil varieties, the socalled Tuscan varieties such as Frantoio, Leccino, Maurino and Pendolino all conforming the
European Union Regulations as the one concerning the production of DOP Extra Virgin Olive Oil Canino.
The historic olive groves are all located in Canino:

"Banditella" olive grove

 

-“La Chiusaccia”, near our mill, where there are centuries-old plants including the “Chit-Chat Olive Tree”.
- “Le Mosse” less than a mile away from the first, follows the same cultivation method.

Since 300 years both olive trees are composed by about 1,600 plants. From the olives harvested in these
lands is obtained the single-variety DOP Canino, called “Principe di Canino”. “Modern” olive groves
“Banditella”, “Tomba”,”San Pierrotto”,” Macchia dei Buoi” and “Cavalupo” are located partly in the town
of Canino and are used for the production of DOP Canino Oil. The other big olive grove “Montauto” is
located in the town of Manciano in Tuscany, composed by more than 7,000 trees planted in 1998 and
suitable for the production of IGP Toscano oil. In the above-mentioned olive grove, olives are harvested
for the production of single-variety oils called “ARTURO” and, depending on the variety, also known as
“Maurino”, “Leccino”, “Frantoio '' and “Moraiolo”.

"Banditella" olive grove


In the lands with new installations has been planted about 9,000 olive trees in addition to those already existing, cultivated pursuant to the “BIOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE” method certified by Bioagricert and recognized both as Protected Designation of Origin area for the production of DOP Canino and Protected Geographical Indication PGI for TOSCANO oil.

 




 

 

 

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