Following Tradition
The traditional olive groves of the "Tenuta Tresca Estate" are the result of the growth of centuries-old trees, which have been obtained through the grafting of spontaneous Oleasters ("Olea europaea oleaster") with two ancient varieties of domestic Olive tree: the "Ogliarola leccese" and the "Cellina di Nardo' ", otherwise called the "Saracen", in memory of the Saracens who, between 769 and 963, appreciated the quality of this olive tree and supported its growth. Oleasters, which can be a few tens of metres high, have an almost thorny tree, small and very bitter fruits with a low oil content, are accidentally placed in the midst of Salento's spontaneous vegetation together with other autochthonous species of trees: also birds used to unintentionally chose the place where to leave the Oleaster's seed.