When grown for oil, they are harvested while still green and pressed. The oil has good body and a fresh smell.
When harvested for table olives, they are allowed to ripen on the tree until black.
They are grown in Puglia, particularly in the province of Lecce, and in California.
Also called “Seracena Olives” because it was believed that the tree was brought to Italy by the Saracens (Arabs).