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Since April 2010, I have been traveling to San Diego for business. In doing so, I have met Jon and visited the Encanto Farm. Well, today I had the pleasure of meeting Sue V and visiting the home sites of the Willow St, Macualay St, Preto, Branca, Abebereira, and Chico Strawberry.

All of those fig trees are reside in a Portuguese neighborhood of Point Loma and many just a block or two away from each other. The figs are localized to an area that has a perimeter of no more than 7 miles; I know this because I Google mapped the locations. Prior to the fig trek, Sue and I exchanged emails and talked on the phone briefly.

She picked me up around 11:30A. Sue is a fig veteran so she was well prepared with a pruner, ziplocks, and a sharpie. She also knows all the fig tree owners by name as well as the history of the trees and house if the fig lives on abandoned property.

I only had about one hour to taste (lunch break), to ooh and aah, and to be astonished at the size of some of the trees. As I did that, Sue was a most gracious host as she took cuttings and bagged them for me of all except Preto because I already have it.

Note: It has rained all day on Monday and Tuesday, so I was prepared for watery tasting figs.

1st stop: Macaulay St Fig. The tree is not cared for at all. There weren't any ripe or even partially-eaten-by-bird figs on the tree. Most were either rotting on the ground or had molded while still hanging on the tree. The tree needs some TLC.

2nd stop: Willow St Fig. On our way to Willow St, we spotted two other fig trees in yards that Sue hadn't noticed before. The Willow St fig is a big tree. It has a thick trunk. The fruit are large & purple, green neck, amber pulp. Even with the rain, the fruit hadn't split but the taste was just okay. There were quite a few to pick and Sue reminded me that it has been the coolest summer ever here in southern CA.

Next stop: The Three Madeiras: Abebereira, Branca, and Preto. These three amigas live behind the brick wall of Ms. Estella. We first noticed how sick the Abebereira looked. Tasted a few long, dark figs with reddish pulp but none were ripe. Branca has green/yellow figs with amber pulp. We found one; although it wasn't quite ripe and watered down, it was still sweet and must be very good when ripe. Preto. I found one had split and it was soooo red and juicy. I sure did...very good. Then I found another. Very berry, complex, and not overly sweet. Sue said that are better with more heat. I could not believe how many figs (ripe and unripe) were on this tree. It was so healthy and prolific. The most prolific fig tree I have seen in person. If the batteries in the camera - that I borrowed - were not exhausted, then I wouldn't need all of these words. I have a few that I will post later.

4th stop. Chico Strawberry. One of most unique tasting figs I have eaten. It tastes like some other fruit was injected into the fig. I'm not sure which one but Sue says 'peach'. Its eye is *not* closed so due to the rain several had split and others had rotted. Still, the taste on the few ripe we found was distinctive and good. I am excited to have cuttings of this green skinned but brilliant red pulped fig tree; I am not sure how it will respond in the heat and humidity of the southeast.

Random stops. On our way back, we drove by the 4 unknown UCDavis tress on Cape May and then stopped in another alley to taste what was a Mission. It was good. As we continued down the alley, we happened to 'discover' another green skinned, red pulped fig. None were quite ripe but we made notes (Naragansett & Santa Barbara; off of SB) and eyeballed the leaves.

I had to get back and prep for a 1PM so we got back around 12:35P. I'll be back.

Sue is a knowledgeable, fig passionate, and good natured person. Sue, thanks for taking the time to be my guide. I truly appreciate it!

JD

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Hi JD,

It was great to meet you! We covered a lot of territory in one hour didn't we!  What surprised me the most is how watered down the taste was in the few figs we tasted. We just had 1-3 inches of rain, unusual for this time of the year. I was just surprised at how quickly the figs were affected. But we did have a cold summer as well.

To give you a bit of perspective on how unusual this rain is, three years ago this week we had Santa Anna winds blowing the Witch Creek fire thru San Diego back country burninging numerous homes. Seven years ago next week was the Cedar fire destroying 250,000+ acres and 100's of homes, flamed again by hot Santa Anna winds. This year, Ramona got 3" of rain! I'm not complaining but it is very unusual. ;-)

Here are pictures I took of the Preto and Branca. The picture of the Preto fig is a remnant on the tree probably from birds but it was so beautifully rich in color I had to take its pic. The Branca is the one lonely fig you found. It was fairly large but only about 1/2 to 3/4 the size of one during the heat of summer and a lot smaller than the breba. The breba are HUGE.

Hope the cuttings take and you enjoy the few figs we found.

Sue

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The preto picture looks very nice and inviting, perhaps next season i taste.
The Abebereria i have seen pictures in past , its a type i have been thinking about.

Thanks for posting JD about your trip i enjoyed the post.
Sue well she has had members post similar stories about there visits and sounds like she enjoys her figs to the ultimate .

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Martin,

When I visited Sue earlier right away I felt like I knew her for a very long time.
She has a beautiful property and her next door neighbor is a goat. Just can't remember his name.
Yes, I did say Goat.

She has a real nice collection of figs and a very big place to plant them in.

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My buddy, the goat is named Delphi, as in the oracle. :-) He's 10, lost a horn in the Witch Creek fire but survived it hiding under the neighbors house. Good thing it wasn't one of the homes burned.

 

Martin, I'll enjoy my figs even more once I can plant them and get them on drip. Ask Gene, they at times get neglected. He watered my figs while I fixed dinner during his visit. A great trade off. :-)


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Yes Sue is a great one. I just wished I could visit more often but 1600 miles is a good piece to travel, not that a friend isn't worth the trip, but one has to have means as well as wants. I'm sure I'll head that way again in a few years. By the way Sue, I enjoyed watering the trees.
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>> edited 28 october 2010 <<

Back from travel...family style this time!

Here are a few photos that I took before the batteries 'died'.

JD

MACAULAY ST FIG (MOTHER TREE)




WILLOW ST FIG (MOTHER TREE)




CHICO STRAWBERRY (MOTHER TREE)






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JD,

That is weird. I did post the pics but they never showed up. I clicked edit on my post and sure enough they were showing attached so I clicked post and they showed up...must be a glitch in the software.

Your photos are great. As all can see, the Chico Strawberry did not get enough heat this year to ripen much fruit. By this time last year every fig had swelled, had a distinct red eye and many were ripe and tasty. We did find 4-5 that were edible but they didn't have that peachy flavor of last year.

The poor Macualy St fig is in serious need of attention. The home seems abandoned. No one has lived there for over a year. Peeking inside (the front door's peep hole is busted out) it was all torn up and no kitchen.
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Hi Sue,
forgive me if im going to the extreme hear.
But if that house is abandoned and it was me i would go there with pointed shovel my 8 pound ax dig round tree and severe with ax the very thick stubborn roots i could not severe with shovel and get that tree outta there in a pickup.
Then i would cut off the dead limbs and prune back rest of canopy,plant inground and stake it and have a wonderful specimen in a season or two.
Too bad im not in your area for that picture would be tree less.
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Cuttings taken on Narragansett, from Phil, are rooting well.. They are supposed to have two crops, and every cutting is making brebas (have to remove them, obviously), but they give every evidence of being a 2-crop variety. Macauley St cuttings are also rooting well, along with cuttings from Santa Barbara x Niagra and Saratoga (supposed Chico Strawberry).

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Hey Jon the fig from Narragansett is it a white or dark fig? So far so good looks like a good rooter.


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I am thinking it was a light fig, but don't have my notes handy.

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Jon,
As customary, your memory serves you well. You reported that the owner said it was a green fig (amber interior).
JD (Jimmie)

-------- Original Message --------
Date: Sun, January 30, 2011 12:18 am

Jimmie,
 
Sue and I took cuttings in Point Loma today.
 
We checked out the two additional trees on Narragansett, and got cuttings from one. Supposed to be green with a honey-amber interior. I talked to the fellow with the second tree. He said it was black and very good, but he had to talk to his wife about getting cuttings as she was very picky about pruning her tree.
 
Enjoy,
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Excellent Jon!

I wish I could have been there with you and I hope that these are good figs.

Which one is dark and which one is green relative to the address, 4343 or 4277?

I Google map the location of the figs (and all other fruit trees) I "find" so I know where they are

FIGS in SAN DIEGO (4343 Narragansett Ave)
4343 Narragansett Ave San Diego CA 92107
Tree visible from alley between Narragansett & Del Monte, between Santa Barbara St & Venice St; Labeled NG#43.

or

FIGS in SAN DIEGO (4277 Narragansett Ave)
4277 Narragansett Ave San Diego CA 92107
Tree visible from alley between Narragansett & Del Monte, @ corner of Venice St; Labeled NG#42.

Did you happen to make it to the very large tree I posted about here http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=5044932?

FIGS in SAN DIEGO (4502 Del Monte Ave)
4502 Del Monte Avenue San Diego CA 92107
Very large tree at the end of Guizot. Tree overlooks the water.

Jimmie

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Jimmie,
 
Got cuttings from 4343 (Green), talked to man at 4277 (dark) but got no cuttings.
 
Didn't see Del Monte. Sue only remembered that there were a couple on Naragansett, so we drove till we found them.
 
Enjoy,
Jon

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JD,
Did you get some cuttings from the Narragansett St green fig? I have a few extra if not.
I'll see if I can get down to Del Monte this weekend. If it's a very large tree, it's probably a Mission though.
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Sue,

I did not get cuttings. Can I take a rain check? I thought I had taken cuttings but then I looked at the pictures and remembered that no one was home, the wall was too high, and the tree was out arms reach, i.e., I would have had to stand on my hood. That would have invited unnecessary trouble. Also, I prefer dark figs. Thus I will wait until NG green fruits and sample it this summer. If you are able to get the NG dark fig, then my answer is definitely 'Yes'.

JD

FYI. The Del Monte is huge. Leafed out it must be beautiful. If you make it, please post a picture. If you make it, please update.




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I commented on this before to say the same thing - that is one of the most beautiful fig trees I have ever seen.


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OK maybe I'll sneak out at lunch today and go check it out...supposed to get rain this weekend. Figs are already leafing out here. If I can get cuttings and history I will to get enough to share.
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So my 1/2 hr lunch lasted 2. ;-) I took a lot of pics so I'm going to start a new thread...See Del Monte St and Narragansett St Figs.


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This is the view from the Unknown Del Monte tree. When I took these pictures, there were several cars in the line of sight to take a photo similar to the one I posted previously. So I settled for what I could get. First of all, this is the view from Del Monte and the reason there were cars in the way:



I attached a few photos of the tree leafed out and of its fruit. I had to stand close so the photos are not as indicative of its size as I prefer.

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