Originally Posted by Dan_la
Col De Dame White is an awesome tasting fig. It is hands down the best tasting fig in my collection of over one hundred cultivars. From my fig trials, I know that it is very rain tolerant (i.e. its flavor is not diminished and it does not swell & split, nor go sour due to its small eye which keeps all bugs out). I actually had standing water around my tree in the past when I picked some fantastic tasting figs. My tree has produced a few breba figs for me that are very good tasting. However, brebas were not near the taste level of those main crop figs.
FYI......My climate is hotter and longer than Jon's climate in San Diego and I can better ripen those late season figs. South Louisiana usually has a dry weather pattern in the fall unless we have a tropical storm or hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Dry weather in South Louisiana means a Mediterranean type climate which is perfect for ripening figs. To that good climate add Mississippi river delta soil which is perfect for growing figs.........and you can see why South Louisiana (i.e area South of I-10) is arguably the best location in the United States to grow figs in the ground for maximum taste.
Right now we are having perfect fig weather in my area. Many mid season figs that are now ripening are off the chart good.....no BS. Some of these mid season figs are actually better tasting that the earlier fig varieties.
Here's a link where I describe some of the fruiting characteristics of the figs that I am studying.http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/fig/msg0621220325558.html?46