Saturday, April 26, 2014
Journal April 26. 2014 - Tosca
There were only a very limited number of trees being offered, and one was a varietal I had never heard of: Tosca.
The varietal was described as being self fertile and both a table and oil olive, which fit all of my criteria. The price was also within my budget at sixteen dollars and change, so, I bought it.
Before I bought the tree I searched the web for more information and found almost none. Visiting the sites of all of the major olive nurseries I did not find any who grew, or sold, this variety. That really piqued my interest, and at that point I could not resist purchasing the tree.
After further research I found that Tosca originates in the Tuscany region of Italy; the variety is very resistant to cold and is used to make an excellent oil.
Another surprise was that the tree came from one state away, Connecticut. I must not be the only crazy person in zone 5 who grows olive trees.