The variety of Itrana olive, also known as Oliva di Gaeta, Trana, Oliva Grossa, Cicerone has absolute dominance in the province of Latina, constituting, alone, 70% of the cultivated plants.
The term Oliva di Gaeta indicates the oldest origin of the cultivation of this variety which, from the territory of Gaeta, passing through Itri and Formia, has spread to the Roman Papal State, and then throughout the hilly and mountainous area, touching the opposite provinces of Rome and Caserta
Its ability to transform into both table olive and oil is called “dual value”
The resulting extra virgin olive oil has a characteristic herbaceous fruitiness, identifiable as an intense “Green Tomato”, not present in other neighboring and non-neighboring territories.
For this, and for other historical and cultural reasons, in 2010 the Colline Pontine extra virgin olive oil obtained from the European Union the recognition of an agri-food product with a protected designation of origin (DOP).
However, some producers choose to market extra virgin olive oil without the DOP mark, faithful to an integrated production process, not guaranteed by the specification, and exclusively from the Itrana – Monovarietal variety.