Shortly after placing the embryo in protocol, I noticed the cotyledons beginning to split. That had me baffled, as I had not damaged the embryo, or, have I seen this before. As the radicle, or tap root, began to grow, I noticed that there were two of them. At this point I have no idea of what the plant is doing, however, as a precaution I have removed it from tissue culture, placed it in a horticube and planted it in media under a humidity dome. It appears that two plants are developing from a single embryo. If true, that would be weird, for sure. The question is: would they be identical, or Siamese twins?
The Bella di Cerignola, better known simply as the Cerignola, is an olive cultivar from Italy. Cerignola olives are very large, mild in flavor, and may be served either green or cured black. The variety, which originates from the Southern Italian province of Puglia and is named for the town of Cerignola, is popular as table olives.
This is another example of why I want this variety: