Martin, thanks for posting the different fig flavors from Ken Love's research.
That helps a lot for those of us just starting to collect figs. I think one of the reasons that we collectors have so many figs, is because we are looking for a fig flavor that we can appreciate. It seems some of us like figs that taste like a berry, melon, honey, vanilla, or molasses, etc. The list that you posted will go a long way in pointing us newbies in the right direction. It will help us avoid growing certain figs for several years, just to find out that we have wasted several years growing a fig whose flavor we do not like
I will store that information where I can refer back to it as I look at different cultivars.
But, what is still needed is something that tells what those flavors taste like. If the fig has a strong berry taste; what can of berry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Elderberry, etc,? What about the other flavors, such as vanilla, caramel, molasses, honey, etc. Are they Strong or weak flavors??????
It would be nice if each of us could describe the taste of which ever cultivar we are posting about, other then just excellent, or very good.
I will start with the ones I tested this last summer, that produced ripe fruit. Violetta, Marseilles Black VS, Brooklyn White, Sal's Corleone, Marseilles Black VS; all had a weak raspberry flavor, and in my opinion not sweet enough, although we had one of the hottest summers on record. The only fig that we really liked was Hardy Hartford. It also, was not overly sweet. But, it had a really nice vanilla/caramel flavor. Which I think is what Martin refers to as figgy.
I will give the other figs we planted a couple more years, and if they do not become stronger in flavor and sweetness, they will be either top worked or pulled.
Dan, thanks for telling us about the new LSU Celeste hybrids having a figgy taste. I have read and heard from several collectors like Martin who also like figs that have a figgy taste. Those of you who like figs that have a figgy taste, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you are referring to figs that have a vanilla/caramel flavor, is that right???
Grant, like you after researching the new LSU figs, they sound like real winners for us, up here in the North East. Both Dan, Herman, have also given them high praise. We have been able to secure Improved Celeste cuttings from a very trusted forum member. So we are also now looking for O'Rouke and Champagne. since we are still looking for cultivars that are cold hardy enough to handle cold North East winters.
Jon, do you have any figs that you would consider having more of a figgy taste then Hardy Chicago???
Are there any collectors out there who have what they consider figs that have a more figgy taste then Hardy Chicago???????????
Thanks for all the input and help from so many different forum members.