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Arbosana IRTA i -43®


Clone selected by IRTA in 1987, from extensive surveys of the “Arbosana” olive cultivar original to the Alt Penedès region (Catalonia, NE of Spain).

Outstanding characteristics


  • Vigor:Very low
  • Growth habit:Open
  • Canopy density: Compact
  • Precocity bearing: Early
  • Productivity: Very high and regular
  • Fructification: In clusters
  • Maturation: Late
Fruit (Catalan orchard under irrigation hedgerow system)
  • Size (g): 1,59 ± 0,37
  • Flesh/stone ratio: 4,69 ± 0,54
  • Oil content (% wb): 19,8 ± 0,8
  • Oil content (% db): 50,7 ± 2,8

Virgin Oil

  • Fatty Acids (%)
    • palmitic C16:0 13,6
    • stearic C18:0 1,9
    • linoleic C18:2 7,9
    • linolenic C18:3 0,9
    • mono/polyunsaturated ratio8,9
  • Total Polyphenol (ppm cafeic acid):343
  • Bitterness (K225): 0,30
  • Stability (hours at 120ºC): 12,8

Sensorial Profile

Intense green fruited extra virgin oil, with connotations of leaves and vegetables. Usually other secondary aromas are present, which remind mature fruits and flowers or honey. The bouquet is very complex and presents a positive balance between the sweet, spicy and bitter sensations. With a clear final astringency, which reforces the perception of the retronasal greenish notes.P>

Global evaluation

Early bearing cultivar with high productivity. Due to its low vigor, it adapts very well to hedgerow system for olive growing. Sensitive to frost, its fruit is small and it ripens several weeks after “Arbequina”. It produces an intensive green fruited virgin oil with high levels of bitterness, spicery and astringency.

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