Wednesday, February 25, 2015
All in all, it has been an interesting project, however, due to the size of the plant and fruit I feel a LOT of plants would be required to make this variety worth planting in a garden.
That said, it did grow very well in a container under artificial lighting, so as a cure for cabin fever it would be an excellent choice.
Friday, February 13, 2015
As a control, I have seeds in moist paper towel, and, one seed that has been in vitro in starting protocol for about two weeks.
Sword is another obscure variety I would really like to add to my collection.
Monday, February 9, 2015
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:
Imported from Apulia, Cerignolas are the largest olives in the world. They have a fruity, mild, clean taste, but their most impressive feature is their size and resulting meatiness. Biting into a Cerignola is almost like biting into a plum. Festive red in color, serve them as an appetizer with cocktails. Packaged beautifully in a keepsake Italian glass jar with mini-handles on either side.