Ryan, the stock plants that we have of Hardy Chicago, and Sal's EL, came directly from Edible Landscaping, at the same time. Michael, once told me that he was purchasing some of his fig inventory from a wholesaler, in Tennessee. I also read were Mike at one time, had said that he thought that the two were the same.
My feeling on that subject is that some time in the past, Michael's wholesaler shipped to him his order of Hardy Chicago and or Sal's EL, together. But some where between the wholesaler's shipping people pulling Mike's order and Mike's people unpacking the order, some of the stock got mixed together. Also, if I remember right, a lot of nurseries buy figs from the same Tennessee wholesaler, that Edible Landscaping, and Millers nursery does. So, I would imagine there are years when that wholesale nursery, may have to get their cuttings from any where they can, just to fill all their orders.
Soni, Maybe I should have used the word slit cup, verses split cup. I have inserted a picture of a slit cup into the original post.
Chivas, here figs have to be protected against ants, flys, and yellow jackets. If they are going to be allowed to dry on the plant. Especially here in the north, where fruit that sweet growing outside is not common.
Musillid, water enters the fruit through the plants roots and the skin. Also, here even when it does not rain for days on end, fig fruit will be cover with more water then you can imagine, from morning dew.
Michael, in my mind, that is why I feel the name of a fig is not as important as much as whether or not you like the fig's taste, and that it will grow well for a person. I my self, suspect that they are several different strains of Hardy Chicago, out there. Not to mention the fact that I suspect that figs can mutate a lot easier then most people realize.
Bob @ T. Pine