Tunisia wants Italian Coratina olive cultivar for excellent olive oil quality

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This variety is known for its good quality and richness in antioxidants such as polyphenols and tocopherols. The biological activities of olive oil phenolic compounds have prompted several studies on their potential activity in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and cancer

Tunisia olive groves present several varieties among which Chemlali constitutes the bulk of the Tunisian olive cultivation. Grown in warm coastal and low steppe Chemlali groves occupy nearly 85% of the olive-growing area and contribute over 80% of national production in olive oil. To improve olive oil quality produced in Tunisia, some approaches have been considered among them the introduction of different new cultivars.

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