Our Orchards

We use our orchards for research and for our campus-grown olive oil. We harvest in November, first with a prune shaker and then by hand-picking with the help of volunteers.

Hutchison

Planted beginning in 2008 at 10 feet x 20 feet (3.3 meters x 6.7 meters).  Trees were donated by McEvoy Ranch and the Santa Cruz Olive Tree Nursery.

Varieties: Aglandau, Arbequina, Ascolano, Bouteillon, Carolea, Casaliva, Cayon, Coratina, Frantoio, Itrana, Kalamon, Leccino, Lucca, Maurino, Moraiolo, Noccelara del Belice, Noccelara Etnea, Pendolino, Perenzana, Picholine, Picual and Taggiasca.

Wolfskill

Planted in 2012 at the historic Wolfskill Experimental Orchard, near Mission olive trees planted in 1861. The trees include a mixture of oil, table and dual varieties, planted at 12 feet x 17 feet (3.6 meters x 5.2 meters).

Varieties: Arbequina, Empeltre, Kalamon, Manzanillo, Mission, Ouslati, Picual, Sevillano and Taggiasca.

If you wish to participate in the next harvest, please email at: Shirley Li.

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The UC Davis Olive Center is a self-funded university/industry coalition that seeks to do for olives what UC Davis did for wine.