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Olive (Olea europaea)
Color of the ripe fruit Black
Origin Spain
Use Table and oil

Empeltre is a type of medium-sized, black olives originating in Spain. It is used both as a table olive and to produce a high-quality olive oil.

Empeltre olives are primarily grown in the Spanish regions of Aragon and the Balearic Islands. It’s present along the Ebro river basin from the Rioja and Navarra to the province of Castellón and southern Catalonia, (where it is also called “Terra Alta” and “De la Llei”). There are 80,000 hectares of this variety in Spain. In the Americas there are plantations in Argentina (Mendoza and Córdoba).

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The term empeltre is related to the Catalan word empelt or the Aragonese impelte, which mean "graft". This is due to the fact that this type of olive tree has a very low rooting capacity, which forces the graft to be derived as a form of reproduction.

The olive trees of Empeltre variety, have a large wingspan as well as bright dark green leaves and early maturing black olives. Long form, asymmetrical and slightly pumped by the back. They have an average volume of 2.7 grams with a pulp / bone ratio of 5.3.

Unlike many other Spanish varieties of olives, the empeltre variety provides a yellow-colored oil with a soft taste and a fruity touch. It's the main variety in the Denomination of Origin Oil of the Bajo Aragón.

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