“Immersed in the charming Apulian countryside, my family is devoted to the cultivation of Bella di Cerignola Variety olive trees since the end of 1800. All the land owned are in Agro di Cerignola, town in the county of Foggia, which have been watching for centuries over this very special olives cultivar. Here, on the flat lands of Tavoliere, among the breezes of the close sea to the East and the fresh currents of the Appennino to the West, are growing our olives of firm and crispy flesh and a perfect silhouette. They are Bella di Cerignola Olives by Agricola Fratepietro.”
The olive Bella di Cerignola is only cultivated in the region Tavoliere of Apulia.
It is the largest olive in the world by elongated and bellied shape.
The flesh is compact but not hard and it is juicy to the bite.
Bella di Cerignola is the largest olive in the world. Green or black in color, this typical Apulian variety has conquered the tables all over the world thanks to its high quality. Its cultivation has always been an important activity for Cerignola, a municipality in the province of Foggia, located in the north of Puglia, from which the fruit takes its name. In this setting, the Fratepietro farm cultivates these special olives, respecting the seasonal cycles of nature. To preserve the beauty and integrity of the fruits, the staff of the Fratepietro farm picks the olives by hand directly from the tree when they have reached the right degree of ripeness. Carefully selected, they are transformed and preserved in water and salt, according to ancient family recipes.
Bella di Cerignola is the olive by the oval and bellied shape immediately recognisable. The importance of the shape and the consistency of the flesh anticipates the tantalising and fresh taste. They are great when eaten alone, are the headliners in the aperitifs and accompanying cured meat and cheese based dishes. They are perfect with wine, the olives Bella di Cerignola enhance cocktails giving them a particular aromaticity.
The cultivation and the producing of the olive Bella di Cerignola have centuries old roots. According to some historians, the cultivation of this variety is documented since 1400 when the Aragon, bring it in Italy from Spain, however according to other sources this variety of olives should be considered indigenous and already cultivated by Ancient Romans by the name of “Orchites”. It became worldwide famous by the end of 1800 when these olives were sent to the Western part of the United States of America in the characteristics wooden barrels called “Vascidd” or in the so-called “Cugnett” typical wooden recipients by the truncated conical shape, used for the housewife storage of the olives. Around 1920 they were imported in California thanks to the Italian migration that interested the Western part of the United States of America. In1930 the olive Bella di Cerignola is recognised by a technical commission as the best table cultivar.