Have been picking ripe Violetta Bayernfeige now since October, here in Connecticut.
This fig was on our,"To be replaced list". In fact we had already top worked part of it to Gino's, and Ronde de Bordeaux. It did not bear it's first year in the ground. It's second year it's taste was nothing special.
This year, it's breba crop was okay. But, we had better tasting figs. Then it started to bear it's main crop of figs, in October. It had started to cool down here and had been raining most of the summer. So, we were not expecting much.
But, were we surprised. In October through today, 11-13-2011. This tree started producing the most juicy and sweetest figs I have ever tasted. In fact, The sweetness level was so high, it attracted hundreds of flies. I think one of the reasons why flies are so attracted to it is, mot only is it very sweet, it is also very juicy,The flies were the second surprise, and we were not prepared for the shear number of flies devouring each fig on the tree.
Next year, we will look for a bird/insect netting long before the figs start to ripen, and we may decide not to keep the breba crop. That may avoid having so many unripe fig to be left on the tree.
This is a very sweet fig so late in the season. I just picked three today, 11-13-2011. There were no leaves left on the tree from the hard freeze we received in the early part of November. Although, not as Sweet as they were in October, they were still very sweet tasting figs.
So, far the only negative I have observed is the sweetness level draws tons of flies and almost half the figs are still on the tree. This may have been caused because we allowed the breba crop to set, and we had a very early hard freeze.
If we can figure out how to keep the flies away, and to avoid having so many green figs left on the tree,we may keep this cultivar for it's super sweet taste and size.
We purchased our tree from Lucile Whitman at Whitman farms on the west coast. A very nice lady to do business with.
Bob, zone 5 Connecticut