Lesvos Dominant Olive Types: Kolovi or Mytilinia


The “kolovi” or “Mytilinia” olives, as it is often called, is the most common olive tree variety on the island. It amounts to 70% of the island’s olive tree total and grows in the southern and eastern regions of Lesvos. The tree does not thrive in high altitude, nor does it require the use of special cultivation techniques and a nutrient-enriched soil.

It does not grow large but has irregular braches and comparatively broad leaves. The fruits’ olive oil content reaches 30% provided the fruit has grown sufficiently and under favourable conditions in the 3 to 4 week- period when the tree is in bloom.

This variety provides olive oil of an excellent quality with an intense aroma and a light taste, and thus it is ranked among the best oil-producing varieties of Greek olive trees.

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