Barnea is a relatively new variety developed in Israel. It is now grown widely all over the main olive oil producing countries of the world. The tree is vigorous with an upright tall habit. The canopy is not very dense and the leaves are relatively large. This variety does require summer irrigation to ensure good production.
Barnea is suitable for high density planting and is ideal for mechanical harvesting. It starts bearing fruit early in its lifetime and is a constant high producer. The fruit is medium in size and elongated, it can look quite similar to the fruit of Kalamata and has been used for pickling with success. The fruit ripens mid season and has a high oil content, the oil is mild in flavour and is sometimes used to tone down some of the more stronger flavoured oils.