A piece of contemporary art is easy to recognize as it offers a completely new way of seeing reality. Similarly the best innovation in agriculture is one that marries new technology and innovation with age-old traditions.
OliveGrove Partners are currently running the following experimental agriculture plantations:
With the support of Pistachos del Sol, OliveGrove Partners have created the first experimental crop of pistacchio plants in Tuscany.
Tuscan Pineapple Guava
OliveGrove Partners have also laid an experimental crop of Pineapple Guava (also known as Feijoa), a small evergreen tree from South America that produces a fruit with a taste somewhere between pineapple and strawberry.
Arbutus Unedo – Corbezzolo
Following multiple evidences found in scientific literature, in 2017 the Department of Sciences of Agrifood Production and Environment (‘DISPAA’) of the University of Florence and OliveGrove Partners S.r.l. made some initial researches on the leaves of Corbezzolo, which highlighted the presence of numerous polyphenolic compounds that can be used in nutraceutical and pharmaceutical fields. OliveGrove is building a first experimental crop of about one hectare to deepen the research.
In addition to the Arbutus Unedo experimental crop, the new botanical garden will test other species such as the Lentisco, an evergreen shrub of the Anacardiaceae family.
In the new botanical garden, among other plants of the Mediterranean undergrowth, there will be a cultivation of Myrtle. The purpose of OliveGrove is to develop innovative agricultural factors that will brin innovative factors to be implemented on the revival of the marginal territories of the region.
OliveGrove Partners are planning an experimental plantation of a very special type of hop ideal for the production of local beers in Tuscan micro-breweries.