After reading through all the post, we found that some F4F members were suggesting Marseilles Black VS, as the fig garden work horse. So, we ordered enough cuttings from Herman to give us four plants, for our garden and two for friends. We planted three in ground fall of 2009, and kept one in a pot, as a back up.
2010, we got maybe a dozen, and the taste was a big disappointment. They tasted like the store bought picked to green figs. Was starting to wonder why so high a rating from you and other growers, and was planning on top working all four plants.
Then this year our potted plant started ripening breba figs, about three days ago, 8-10-2011. What a pleasant surprise, as for taste. Our maybe three foot potted plant has about 50 figs on it, and still the breba figs taste good.
Leone, reported that his three year old Marseilles Black VS produced 200 figs, one year. Needless to say we will not be top working all four plants.
Marseilles Black VS is a (FAN) "Feed a Nation" plant". Bug resistant, disease resistant, a heavy producer, and easy to grow.
As to your question Herman, our breba crop figs were about 30% bigger then last years main crop figs
The wife and I are not big lovers of figs that taste like some other fruit. But, to are pleasant surprise Marseilles Black VS, has a slight mulberry flavor. But, yet enough fig flavor, to make it a recommenced cultivar by us.
Our thanks to you and Warren for bringing this cultivar too the attention of those who want to grow figs in a very cold climate.
In checking the historic weather data for the area were this fig grew for over 60 years, it looks to me this fig has experienced temperatures as low as minis 18 degrees Fahrenheit, in 1984. Research suggest the fig was planted some time during or right after world war II, in the Columbia Maryland area.
Every country or rural family in very cold parts of the country, should have at least ten plants of Marseilles Black VS, for a reliable supply of figs through out the year.