Origin Israel; Purpose: Oil
- The Tree —-Barnea is a vigorous tree with an erect growth habit and sparse canopy. This variety responds very well to modern olive production techniques and is ideally suited to mechanical harvesting. It comes into production early and has high productivity under irrigation.
- The Fruit —Barnea was bred for oil production but can be used for green or black table olives. The fruit is medium sized. It is elongated with a nipple and many large lenticels. The fruit ripens early to intermediate.
- The Oil — The oil content is medium to high and it is relatively easy to extract. The character of the oil is mild and smooth and provides the opportunity to blend with oil from other varieties.
- Agronomic Characteristics –Barnea was bred in Israel specifically for modern olive production methods. Its responds extremely well to irrigation and comes into production early in its life. Because of its erect growth habit it suitable to be planted slightly closer together than other varieties. In Israel the Barnea produces commercial returns in year four. Barnea is particularly tolerant of peacock spot but is sensitive verticillium wilt and frosts.