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Subject: Feeding for better fruit Replies: 8
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Chris, give them some 5-1-1 liquid Fish Emulsion.  Your climate is pretty similar to mine, 8a.  Only feed it once then no more till Spring.  My Hardy Chicagos have been ripening over the past 2 weeks and should finish up ripening this week.  Your tree must be in a shady spot.

The past 2 years, we've had 25 degree temps in November.  So now is the time to start planning winterization.

Subject: Nero 600, RDB, Kathleen black 2015 Replies: 11
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Kathleen Black is pretty hardy.  Hardier than Ronde de Bordeaux.  Both of mine are planted in the ground.  RdB is older and almost dead.  KB on the other hand is taller and healthier.  I have not protected either in the past 4 years.  However, this year, they all will be protected b/c I'd hate to loose these excellent tasting fig.  My Nero 600m is too year to leave outside.

Subject: Col de Dame Noir airlayers for trade Replies: 4
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Don, you have mail.

Subject: Figs that nobody likes Replies: 29
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Just picked a couple of these after dinner. It's Black Jack! Very sweet and just right! Nice dessert.

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Subject: Figs that nobody likes Replies: 29
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Well you could send the tree to me. Ha! Just kidding....

Your tree could have RNK. It could have fire ants. But if it was my tree, I would up-pot the tree in December to a larger pot after root pruning it. And in early Spring, give it a weekly dose of fish emulsion and start pinching it till mid to late August. It should explode with figs next year.

Subject: Figs that nobody likes Replies: 29
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Gene, you are absolutely correct! It is so hard to beat Hardy Chicago and many others out there. To me, these "unlikeable" are different and are in a class inn their own. They're stil worth growing. They are very prolific. Next year, I will attempt to hand pollinate my Black Jack along with a few others.

Awesome pics Simon!

Subject: Whats your best overall fig of 2015 Replies: 51
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yes.....you are correct Chris!

Subject: Whats your best overall fig of 2015 Replies: 51
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 2,151
 
You are welcome ChrisK!

RANK

Best White

Best Green

Best Black

Best Brown

Best Tri-Color

1

Lyndhurst White KK

Strawberry

Unknown Black Spain

Tony’s Brown Italian

Smith

2

White Greek RK

Spicewood

Black Maderia

Brown Greek

Texas BA-1

3

Unknown White Spain

Adriatic JH

Black Ischia

Alma

 

4

Dottato

Conadria

Malta Black

Fall Gold

 

5

Brooklyn White BS

 

Negronne

Arnold

 

6

La Goccia d’Oro

 

Brown Turkey Not!

 

 

7

 

 

Black Bethlehem BS

 

 


Subject: My best tasting Fig today! Replies: 12
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I agree, AB is excellent tasting.

Suzi, KK is the guy who introduced several figs to several forum friends over the years. He gave is Lyndhurst White, Red Isreal and many others. He also sells on eBay. That Main Street Purple fig that I got from him ripens in late Fall and is one superior fig!

Subject: Figs that nobody likes Replies: 29
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Harvey, I grow both Improved Brown Turkey and California Brown Turkey side by side.  They are the same tree.  I remember John saying that about Ca Brown Turkey too!  I like it a lot.  Jon Verdick likes it too...but he won't admit it!  HA!

Subject: FICO NERA DUEMANE FIG Replies: 12
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Wow Karla, your post was right on time!  My tree has figs on and I was wondering what to expect when they ripen.  Your photos are amazing!  Keep up the good work! thanks!


Subject: OT - Southeastern Fig Festival - Charlotte, NC Replies: 116
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I'm glad everyone had a goog time. Here are a few more photos. Thanks to those who took pictures. Some photos might be repeats.

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Subject: Figs that nobody likes Replies: 29
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For those who don't understand what "Blank Not!" means it is this. Here in Charlotte, we are starting to see a lot of fig trees being sold as "Brown Turkey". When you find a fig named one thing and you know it isn't you add the suffix "NOT!" at the end of the name. I've got 8 or 10 fig trees labeled Brown Turkey but they have leaves just like Valle Negra or Nero 600m or Brunswick. And the figs look nothing like brown turkey. The figs are jet black and ripen later than Brown Turkey. So I call it Brown Turkey Not!. Here is a pic.


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Subject: San Pietro (JM) (?) - my most beautiful fig so far Replies: 8
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Here is mine from last year!  It's a great tasting fig!

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/san-pietro-jm-excellent-in-the-rain-7080051?pid=1284296532



Subject: Native de Argentile 2014 Replies: 58
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Mara, you mean fig mosaic virus (FMV)... right?  Not HMV.

Subject: Figs that nobody likes Replies: 29
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Phil, you are very much correct my friend!  Last year, and the previous year, our July and August were very rainy and the figs were just awful!!!  But this year, we are in a semi drought and its very hot!  So, these figs I listed are great!  If you wait till Black Jack gets marshmallow soft, it will be horrible!!!!  So, I do see your point.

Suzi, you need to come with Jon and me to UCD and taste a caprified Brown Turkey and a caprified California Brown Turkey.  If you do, you won't want another fig to eat!  Why?  Because they are very rich and flat out amazing!!!  I'm curious how a caprified Black Jack or Texas Blue Giant taste!

Subject: Figs that nobody likes Replies: 29
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There are several figs that not many folks are fond of.  I just wonder why?  The figs I'm talking about are:

Brown Turkey NOT!
Improved Brown Turkey
Black Jack
Texas Blue Giant
Black Spanish
Red Isreal

This year, I got to taste all of these and I am truly surprised why folks do not like these.  In my climate, they are excellent.  Over the past 3 weeks, I have been picking these every day!  

Black Jack is my favorite of the bunch.  It is the largest-- very sweet and very dark almost black skin.

Improved Brown Turkey is has an enlongated shape with reddish color and is sweet.

Texas Blue Giant comes in second.  It is large and little darker than Black Jack---almost blue black if you know what I mean.  It is very sweet.

Black Spanish is mostly dark red all over and a little smaller than Black Jack.

My Brown Turkey Not is really a medium size small black fig that looks like Black Bethlehem.  I got it from Virginia.

If you've seen my previous post you will see some pictures of these except Red Isreal.  You have to cover these figs up with organza bag to keep the gnats out because these figs have large open eyes.  Despite that, they taste great!

Next year, I will hand pollinate these figs just to play around!  But they should be drop dead amazing.


Subject: Native de Argentile 2014 Replies: 58
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Harvey my friend, you have the gift!  Beautiful pic.  I gave my backup tree away 2 years ago to a forum friend.  I hope its doing well.   My 6 foot NdA almost died last year.  I had it on the cull pile but decided to give the root ball one more try.  Good thing I did!  After soaking the root ball in some rooting solution for a day, the tree came back to life.  I chopped it down to nothing and today it's coming back from the root ball.  NdA is one underrated must have fig.  And so is Zidi......if you have the wasp!

Subject: NorCal Fig Fans Get-Together UPDATE Replies: 9
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Hey Gary, who all attended?  I am glad every one had fun! 

Subject: Tony's Brown Italian and other figs Replies: 1
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Good day, as the seasons begin to slowly change here in Charlotte, STILL a few figs are ripening. It's been cloudy and muggy and now daily rain showers. Jackie and I have been enjoying a lot of ripe figs!

Texas Everbearing         --- VERY sweet 
Macool
Unknown Spain Black     ----best tasting!!!
Unknown Spain White       -----large bell shape---red center
BV
Smith
Texas BA-1
Marseilles Black      ----Excellient and large this year
Hardy Chicago      -----Excellent and large this year
Marva Silka                ----Very sweet and prolific
Tony's Brown Italian      --super sweet honey fig
Strawberry
Lyndhurst White
Black Jack
Conadria
Improved Brown Turkey
Black Jack
Texas Blue Giant
Italian White SX    ---Surprise bell shaped yellow fig red center
Zemblas Black
Excel
Sicilian Black
Black Ischia
Black Maderia
LaGoccia d'Oro
Red Isreal      --looks like Texas Blue Giant but darker and sweeter!

So, with all these figs, what did I do with them? I made my famous Fig Chutney! Here are a few pictures

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Subject: Can I root fig cutting now? Replies: 17
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I would air layer it instead. I set 2 air layers and one finished in 4 weeks! Just water it every day or so. Now I have 2 trees.

Subject: Vogelzang Barrel Heater for Greenhouse Replies: 23
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Since I started this post a few weeks back, I've been feverishly looking at other methods for heating my new GH.  Right now, I'm in the process of laying down the brick floor.  I looked at a lot of videos and information on the rocket heater.  From what I've seen, it just takes up too much space inside a GH.  My little barrel stove might be the cheapest way to keep it above 40 degrees.  But if temps drops down to 5 degrees like it did in January TWICE in one month, then I will definitely have to watch the GH closely.  But don't worry I've got a plan!

Now, that the fig festival is over, I can plan my winterization plans for this year.  Weather in Charlotte has started to change.  The nights are in the 60s.  The mornings are windy.  There is more dew on the leaves of my fig trees.  The critters are on the move through my area again and the wooly worms are on the move too.  But summer is still in full swing in Charlotte.  It was 90 yesterday and 88 today.  Now is the time to start planning for winterizing fig trees.  I've got a lot of frost blankets ready to cover a few trees in the ground.  But I can't forget my new GH.

I don't want my GH to heat at 70 degrees. My goal is to keep it between 40 and 50 degrees inside.   Today, I will start building my stove.  I will post pics as I build it. 

Subject: My Corynth Replies: 15
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This is why I love this forum.  Thank you Leon!  Awesome history. 

Hey Jon, add Leon's story to your fig database.


Subject: Woke up this morning to find huge Rust spots? Replies: 8
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Alan is correct.  That's just rust from morning dew.  We are starting to have cool mornings causing moisture aka dew to form more on plants and the ground.  It just means Fall is around the corner!

Subject: Hmari- a rare variety Replies: 10
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Hey Sharon, you missed seeing it Saturday!  It was on the big deck on the right next to Tauro.

Subject: GM-142 - the next Smith fig! Replies: 34
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Yes, Alan it is. That's the tree that Ray won at the raffle. It's an excellent variety. It is similar to Smith but more red skin color. Take good care of that tree Ray!!!


I also have an unknown white fig from Spain and an Unknown Black fig from Spain. I showed them to Chris. It has rained 3 times today and I had to pick some almost perfectly ripe figs. Some were a little watery but still sweet. I got Red Israel from KK last year. I picked it today. A large dark red fig.....sweet but not rich. You will here more about it next year.

The high moisture in the air got some figs splitting, but not Lyndhurst white. THis year, my favorite white fig is Lyndhurst White and White Greek RK.

Subject: OT - Southeastern Fig Festival - Charlotte, NC Replies: 116
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Hey Chris, I'm glad you guys arrives safely. You have a beautiful family young man! Cherish them!

I got something else to send you. I'll contact you for your address when I get it.

Alan, Sharon and Gloria, now you guys know where I am. Every day after work, I am outside tending to my trees. So, call if you wanna stopt by. Gloria, I'll call you next weekend. I got something for you. Sharon, you will see me next Saturday at the Paw Paw festival!

Subject: OT - Southeastern Fig Festival - Charlotte, NC Replies: 116
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Thanks for the kind words guys! Don't listen to Jackie. She was fibbing!!!!!!! She didn't think you guys were going to show up. I'm surprised at the locals that showed up, Kate, Samantha, Mohan, and others. I'm glad everyone took home some trees.

I wish I took more pictures. I know Mike took some. I'll post some tomorrow. I have to convert them under 1M.

Subject: Kathleen's Black Replies: 40
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I have 2 large trees.  One in the ground the other in a 15g pot.  I can't recall the source.  I have to go look at the tag or check my database.  It's been in the ground 5 years.  Back when I first planted it, it fruited nicely...that was in 2010.  2010 and 2009 were some of our hottest summers with 90 degree days from March through October!   We have seen temps like that since.  The past 2 years of 5 degree temps made the in-ground tree trunk split and I chopped it to the ground. This winter I will winterize what's left of the tree and see if it helps.  

Subject: Kathleen's Black Replies: 40
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In my climate, no matter how much winter protection I give my KB, she still dies to the ground and comes back.  And the same goes for Beall and Black Mission NL.  I do like the flavor and taste of KB.  I  stopped winterizing mine 2 years ago but will try a double layer of frost blanket and leaves this year and see how it does.  It's going to be tricky for my climate because our cold weather is off and one throughout the winter.  One day it can be 20 degree and 5 degrees the next and 40 degrees the next.  So, I have to figure out how to do this using the blankets and leaves and keep it from getting too hot.

Subject: Noire De Caromb And Jordan Figs Replies: 15
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Vinny, is your Jordan fig posted above a breba?  I love that green color.

Subject: Picture - Salem Dark 17th Sept 2014 Replies: 15
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Bass, I will agree.  It is very similar to Macool.  Both ripen around the same time.   Which is now in my climate.  SD is very prolific.  Paully, nice job!  Your tree looks very healthy.

Subject: Noire De Caromb And Jordan Figs Replies: 15
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Noire de Caromb is one of my best tasting black figs.  It use to be the fig to get!  It's kinda forgotten about.  But not here! 

When picked just right, you'd have to hold on to the fence when you eat one!

Subject: OT - Southeastern Fig Festival - Charlotte, NC Replies: 116
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Lots of figs are ripening!!!!!

Hardy Chicago
Tacoma Violet
LaGoccia d'Oro
Strawberry
Lyndhurst White
Maccool
Bissiri 2
Unknown White Spain
Unknown Black Spain
Brown Turkey Not!
Texas Blue Giant
Beall
Black Jack
Marseilles White
LSU Gold
Marva Silka
Texas Everbearing
Smith
Texas BA-1
Marseilles Black
Brown Greek
Sal's
and a few others...

the rain is making the ants feast on the ripe figs! And I'm letting the birds have their way. Y'all better hurry!!!!

Subject: Negronne vs VdB Replies: 18
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Yes, OGW stands for One Green World. It and my Atreano are some of my oldest fig trees. They use to stand over 7 feet tall. The 2 bad years of 5 degree temps hurt them bad. I mean real bad!! They're coming back to original height but slowly.

Subject: Negronne vs VdB Replies: 18
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HA!  This is another one of those questions that pop up every year or so.  There are many figs that folks think are the same and nursery web sites don't help.  If you call the nursery, they will only tell you what they sell and nothing more.    However, it is good to grow these side by side.  Over the years, what I've learned is every body has their own opinion if a fig is the same as another fig.  Who is right?  We all are!  Here is mine.....

I have the following figs growing side by side either in the ground or in whiskey barrels....

1.  Negronne OGW
2.  Violet de Bordeaux EL
3.  Petite Negri or Petite Negra EL
4.  Vern's Brown Turkey RR
5.  Aubique Petite 
6.  Nero 600m VS

All 6 of these figs listed above have similar left patterns.  To me, all 6 are different.  I do think they are related but not the same.  All 6 have different qualities.  For instance.....

Aubique Petite, ripen a little late for me but it holds up against the rain better that any.  Does not die back.  One of my favorites.

VdB dies back to the ground yearly--but comes back with figs on consistently.  Will sour in rain.  Not my favorite

Negronne ripens earlier than any. Is a medium size fig. Figs are jet black!  Does not die back. Taste is amazing!

Petite Negri is a true drawf tree.  It's not that hardy and the figs are larger than all of these.  Taste is ok.

Vern's BT ripens late.  Figs are small to medium and rich tasting.  Tight eye--will not sour in the rain. One of my favorites.

Nero 600m -- new addition and not fruited for me yet.

I'm sure others will disagree with my results and that's ok.  What I've listed are results of growing these figs the past 10 years in Charlotte.

Subject: Identify Southern Texas Fig? Replies: 2
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Ken, we need more than just a picture of a tree to help identify possible choices of what it might be.  Post pictures of leaves and ripe fruit  and ripening date would help.  Just my 2 cents.  :)


Subject: Atreano Replies: 52
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Hey Frank!  My Atreano died last year too.  I guess the back to back consecutive 5 degree temps in my area took a toll on my tree.  My tree use to span 8 feet wide!  It was a monster!  It's growing in the perfect spot....on a hill. The tree was also 7 feet tall.  I was worried about the fast growth rate until now.  Today, it is coming back from the root system.  This year, I plan on winterizing it.  The past 5 years I did not and today it is struggling.  My tree was so prolific!  We will see how it does next year.  



Subject: Black Mission Growth and Taste Issue Replies: 11
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I really don't think your tree is a Black Mission.  I don't think it's a Black Jack either.  It's something else.  That's just my opinion.  Good luck with it.  Looks like a good fig.

Subject: White Genoa with Purple Fig Replies: 6
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Yes, that is Black Jack.  I can see from the leaves and the fruit.  I have several Black Jack fig trees.  Bay Flora is a good nursery.  They contacted you and that's a good thing!

Subject: Hot Carolina weather means -FIGS!! Replies: 24
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Wow, what a great tip Alan. Thank you!

Subject: Hot Carolina weather means -FIGS!! Replies: 24
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AltadenaMara

Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

You said Noire de Caromb was one of the best; Tx BA-1 and Smith were excellent; and La Gocchia D’Oro had a strong honey taste. Did any of the other figs stand out taste-wise? Were there some that disappointed you with their flavor?  


Tacoma Violet, Unk Black fig from Spain, Longue d'Aout, NdC, Murican, had outstanding taste. None disappointed me. I have a hard time letting my fig stay on the tree b/c ants or birds. Ants are eating the figs through the bag. When figs are left on the tree to wrinkle, they are super fantastic!
Black Jack and Tx Blue Giant had to be picked at the right time or they would not be good .

Subject: In ground tree yellowing leaves Replies: 9
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 259
 
To me that looks like heat stress.  The same is happening to my Celeste and Improved Celeste.  Both are in the ground and get plenty of flowing air but not enough water for the roots.  We finally got rain the past 2 days but not sure its enough.  Both put on figs but with the lack of water, most dried up and fell off.  i would lay a soaker hose around it and let it run for an hour.

Subject: Hot Carolina weather means -FIGS!! Replies: 24
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 837
 
Thanks Francisco. Peter, its one of my largest trees not hit by the ambrosia beetle! The figs are ripening now! I ate one this morning. The figs taste like a mouth full of honey!!!! I just hope the squirrels don't find it. I got it semi protected.


Subject: Hot Carolina weather means -FIGS!! Replies: 24
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 837
 
Ryan to me it is richer. Smith has a tangier taste though . My tree was almost killed 2 yrs ago but last year I pulled it out of its whiskey barrel and placed it in a statement and it's doing 10x better. This winter all Smith and Tx BA-1 will be winterized indoors. It's a beautiful fig.

Subject: Hot Carolina weather means -FIGS!! Replies: 24
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 837
 
Yeah Alan, Dominick's Fig is one fast growing fig tree.  I have one growing in pot.  One of my best tasting figs is Bisirri!  Man I love the flavor and taste of it.  I did not take a photo though.

Subject: my first ripe fig. Bisirri 1 or 2? Replies: 10
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Chris, it is an excellent tasting fig!  Mine fruited a few days ago.  I think mine is Bisirri 1.  I have 3 of them.  They are definite keepers.

Subject: Hot Carolina weather means -FIGS!! Replies: 24
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 837
 
Don, mine took 2 years before it started keeping its figs. It's the juiciest fig I've eaten.

Tx BA-1 is a very pretty fig compared to Smith. My TX-BA1 figs look just like a green Black Maderia with purple strips. Neither are hardy but both are very prolific.

Subject: Now, I see what all the hoopla was about now!! Replies: 16
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 622
 
Frank, now you're hooked!

I finally let my Lyndhurst White figs stay on the tree longer until they start to wrinkle.  The wife says they're too soft for her but they are super sweet  that way.

Subject: 1st Kesariani Replies: 14
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 451
 
Beautiful picture Harvey!  Wow!   For those that don't know....Harvey's figs are pollinated by the wasp.  So, if you live in a non-wasp area, your figs won't look like those in his pictures.  They will look like Gary's.  I'm not trying to down Harvey at all.  Just want folks to know the wasp will pollinate common figs too.  This act alters the color, size, look, and taste of a ripe fig.  In other words, a caprified Brown Turkey or California Brown Turkey is flat out hard to beat.  Both are very rich tasting figs.  So, having the wasp pollinate common figs is a very good thing.  Hope to so day have the wasp in NC!

 

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