Extra Virgin Olive Oils Cultivars - Portugal
Cobrançosa is the most common Portuguese cultivar in the continental and northern areas of the country, in the Trás-os-Montes region (Alto Douro); it is very resistant to cold temperatures but suffers from heat and drought. Cobrançosa is characterized by a high yield in olive oil production, and can be used for mechanized harvesting as its fruits can be easily detached from the plant
Galega is one of the most ancient and representative cultivars of Portugal, very appreciated for its resistance to droughts, but not as used anymore in more modern olive cultivation due to its unsuitability to mechanized harvesting. Galega is also excellent as a table olive, in its black and dry version; it is cultivated especially in the northern area of the country, but it can also be found in the southern regions of central Portugal.