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Subject: Italian honey Replies: 16
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Great photos Dave.  Thanks for sharing.  The tree looks very healthy.

Subject: Breakfast and Dinner Replies: 19
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Tonight's dessert.

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Subject: Black Madeira Fig Video Review Replies: 32
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Thanks guys.

Subject: Black Madeira Fig Video Review Replies: 32
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Thanks for the additional comments!

I will try to remember the knife for future videos.

Subject: Today's haul Replies: 44
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Ken those figs look delicious.  What a harvest!

Subject: Black Madeira Fig Video Review Replies: 32
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Thanks for the comments everyone!

Those are organza bags.  I use 4X5 inch bags.  You can find them online or at local stores that sell craft supplies.  Online I am able to get 100 bags for $4.99 with free shipping.  The bags don't seem to affect the figs at all.  They ripen up normally.  Maybe in a very rainy climate you might have problems with the bags staying wet and encouraging mold?  Rain is infrequent enough here that it is not an issue.  I place a bag on a fig as soon as the fig starts to swell up and turn color.  You just put the bag over the fig and pull the draw strings tight at the fig's stem.  That's it.  It's very simple.  When it is time to harvest the figs I pull the fruit and bag off as one and then remove the fig from the bag.  4X5 works well for all of my figs.  But in a moister climate where the figs might swell up larger perhaps you would need a larger size.

Subject: Black Madeira Fig Video Review Replies: 32
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Subject: Breakfast and Dinner Replies: 19
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Hi Ken,

This is the first year that most of the figs on my LSU Purple fig taste good.  They are very sweet.  They are jammy.  They have a raisin-like flavor.  I ordered that tree from Edible Landscaping in the fall of 2010.  It has been in ground at this house since the spring of 2011.  LSU Purple has improved every year.  It has always been very productive and vigorous.  Now the figs are good too.

Subject: Breakfast and Dinner Replies: 19
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Hi everyone.  Sorry I didn't get back to this thread sooner.  The varieties in the photo are Hardy Chicago, Joe's Jersey, VdB, LSU Purple, and Barnisotte.  I just made a Black Madeira video.  I'm waiting for it to upload to Youtube.

Subject: Breakfast and Dinner Replies: 19
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Yesterday's Breakfast
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Today's Dinner
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It's a good time of year for harvesting figs!  They are like candy in this heat!

Subject: Date With Fig Leaf Tea Replies: 65
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Hi Aaron,

Do you ever use the fresh leaves?  If I have to trim some leaves off I like to make fig leaf tree.  The storage benefit of dried leaves makes sense.  Does it taste the same?

I have noticed that different varieties have different aromas and flavors as tea.  Have you noticed that too?

Subject: Kathleen Black Replies: 31
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It looks good Ryan.  Thanks for posting.

Subject: Aldo's Palermo Red Breba Replies: 16
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That fig looks very nice Leon.  Thanks for posting it.

Subject: NYS Vanity License Plate...."FIGMAN" Replies: 7
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Come on FIGMAN we know you're on this forum.  Who are you?

Subject: New figs to me Replies: 5
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Those figs look very good.  Congrats.  LSU Purple has improved dramatically in my yard this year.  The figs have been very tasty.  In previous years they were bland and even had an off taste.  Is your LSU Purple in a container?  I wonder if a containerized LSU Purple will start producing good figs earlier than an in ground tree?  Maybe the in ground tree wants to keep developing its roots and the fruit does not get as much attention from the tree, but in a container the roots are restricted so the plant puts all its energy into the fruit right away?

Subject: My unknown workhorse fig - Germany -Update- Replies: 32
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Very healthy looking tree Christian!  It sounds like it is a good variety.

Subject: Hardy Chicago Fig Video Review Replies: 7
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Thanks again for the comments!

Armando that beep startled me too.  I use my cell phone to make the videos.  I have to remember to turn off the volume on the cell phone before I record a video!

Shailesh Hardy Chicago will produce fruit until November here in Arizona.  In Pennsylvania your growing season is a lot shorter so it may not produce fruit for as long where you live.  When I lived in Massachusetts I had a Hardy Chicago tree in the ground and it produced fruit until about the first week of October and that was it.

Subject: Hardy Chicago Fig Video Review Replies: 7
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Thanks so much guys!  I appreciate the encouragement.

Subject: Hardy Chicago Fig Video Review Replies: 7
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Subject: heat and VdB Replies: 20
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VdB wilts here in Arizona as well.  The fruit also tends to be dry and tough when the tree is really stressed by our dry heat.

However the figs become candy sweet in the heat.  So there are ups and downs to growing this variety in a hot climate.

Subject: Question for Fig Historians... Replies: 8
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I'm not sure which varieties the Spanish brought to Florida.  However for the Southeast in general Brown Turkey and Celeste are two of the oldest and most widely distributed varieties.

Subject: Today's harvest Replies: 22
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Nice harvest gene.  Congrats.

Subject: Spanish Fig Festival (Mallorca, 35 mins) Replies: 32
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Harvey and Francisco thank you for posting these videos!  I think Mallorca must be the true fig paradise!

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux Fig Video Review Replies: 16
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Thanks everyone.


Ed that is normal.  VdB figs often turn purple much earlier than on other varieties.  It is not an indication that they are ready to pick.  They will swell up significantly in size as they get closer to being ripe.


Ryan I got that tree from another fig collector here in AZ.  I'm not sure about his original source but he is very reliable.  I also have a smaller VdB from UC Davis growing in a container.  They do appear slightly different but I will need more time to know for sure.  The UC Davis tree has longer, skinnier leaves.  But it is still small and needs more time before I know the mature leaf shape.


Hi Christian.  Yeah it's hot here.  What part of Germany are you from?  My mother is from Freiburg im Breisgau. Summers in Germany are not very hot from what I have seen.  It is totally different here in Arizona.  The figs like it but some varieties get stressed by the heat.


Armando that is not my photo.  I just found it on the internet to illustrate what I did with most of the fig wood I cut.  It has a nice scent.

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux Fig Video Review Replies: 16
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Thanks guys.

Armando from my experience VdB does not like hot dry weather.  I know someone out here in Arizona who has a big mature VdB and it looks green and lush no matter what the weather is.  I wish I had his success with this variety.  For me this tree wilts in high heat and needs a lot of water to produce juicy figs.  Even with a lot of water the skin can still be dry and tough.  It is a great tasting fig, but it will probably be happiest in a more humid or moderate climate.

Nate over the winter I pruned back all of my larger fig trees.  I kept a few of the cuttings.  But most of them ended up looking something like this.  :)
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Subject: Barnisotte Fig Video Review Replies: 14
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Thanks Nate.

Harvey here is a post from last year about Barnisotte.

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/ucd-barnissotte-6386085?pid=1278384095#post1278384095

It shows a photo of the fruit interior that is more red than what I have been seeing so far this year.  I'm not sure why the Barnisotte interiors have been less red this year.  If I get redder ones later this year I will try to remember to post a photo.

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux Fig Video Review Replies: 16
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Subject: Barnisotte Fig Video Review Replies: 14
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Thanks for the additional comments everyone!

Harvey if you look at these photos of Barnisotte and Brogiotto Nero it shows that this variety can ripen up with a more amber colored interior.

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I'm not sure what causes that to occur.  But I have noticed with several of my figs (Desert King, Conadria, LSU Purple, and Barnisotte) that they will ripen with more amber and less red in the interior than what I expected or see from online photos.  I suspect that it has to do with my soil and climate, though caprification could also have something to do with it.


Subject: Barnisotte Fig Video Review Replies: 14
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Thanks guys!

This tree was started as a cutting in 2010 and planted at this location in the spring of 2011.

There are many names for this variety depending on which country it is grown in.  Montserrat Pons gives the Catalan name as Bordissot Negra.  He lists the following synonyms: "Brogiotto nero, burdasciotta nera (Italia), bourjassotte noire, barnisotte noire (Franca), burjasote preta (Portugal)".  UC Davis lists this fig as Barnissotte.  Their collection is very old.  Ira Condit described this fig (in the UC Davis collection) as "Bourjassotte Noire (Barnissotte)".  He wrote, "This French variety, long grown in England, was introduced into California in the Chiswick collection as No. 18840. Barnissotte was received in 1926 as No. 69009".  If you google Barnisotte or Brogiotto Nero or the other synonyms you will see that there actually appear to be several similar type figs all under these names.  Giorgio Gallesio, writing in the early 1800's, speculated that Brogiotto Nero is actually the African Fig that Pliny the Elder described in Naturalis Historia in the first century AD.  Unfortunately the full text of Gallesio's description is no longer available online; a password is now required to view the full text on http://www.pomonaitaliana.it/  This variety is very old.  The UC Davis collection seems to have preserved one strain of it that is, unfortunately, badly infected with FMV.

Subject: Barnisotte Fig Video Review Replies: 14
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Subject: Manual defoliation of trees Replies: 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by elin
i saw this being done in several places. if some of you watched the belleclare video with M,stewart the pops tree there has no leaves near the figs.

http://www.marthastewart.com/907952/fabulous-figs


Wow that video is so awesome!  Thank you for posting!

Subject: Store Bought Figs Replies: 15
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Those figs look good.  They look like they were properly ripened on the tree before being harvested, which is rare for store bought figs.  Good find.

Subject: Maltese Falcon Breba 2014 Replies: 20
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Thanks for posting the photos Mike.

Subject: Conadria Fig Video Review Replies: 7
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I will have to ask the person I got this tree from about its original source. He is usually very good about keeping varieties straight.

Subject: Conadria Fig Video Review Replies: 7
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Thanks guys!

Subject: Conadria Fig Video Review Replies: 7
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Subject: Newbie - small black insect Replies: 5
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Is it ant or not?  Ants are very common.  Very small.

Subject: Rare dark fig ? Replies: 5
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Barnisotte.  Semi dark.  The best.

Subject: Origin of Hardy Chicago Type Figs Replies: 11
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Anyone ever grow Unknown Owensboro?  To me the leavse look like a Hardy Chicago type.  I have not tasted the fruit yet.  Growing in a container.  Looks like a healthy grower so far.  Thanks Figfinatic.

Subject: Preto or Black Madeira? Replies: 21
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I have a Black Madeira.  The leaves look similar.  I will post a video when the fruit is ripe.  Will try to give a steady shot of the leaf and fruit.

Subject: Havasu Trees??? Replies: 18
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Dave the one you gave me last year is doing good. It suffered some frost damage over the winter but has bounced back strong. It is growing multiple stems from the ground. The leaves are dark green and healthy. It is continuing to grow through the summer heat we are now in. I see tiny bumps starting above some of the leaves so I'm hoping to get fruit from it this year.

Subject: Joe's Jersey Video Review Replies: 12
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Thanks for the additional comments.

Nate the Black Madeira hasn't started ripening figs yet this year but when it does I will post a video.

Subject: LSU Purple Breba and Main Crop Fig Video Review Replies: 16
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Aaron thanks for the camera advice.

Jenn I put the organza bags on when the figs start to turn color and swell up.

Subject: Joe's Jersey Video Review Replies: 12
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Thanks for the positive feedback everyone!

Subject: Joe's Jersey Video Review Replies: 12
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Subject: help with snake id? Replies: 35
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Susie I'm not sure what kind of snake that was.  I never saw one like that before.  It's probably not poisonous.  But like Nate said it's a good idea to be cautious until you know for sure.


Subject: LSU Purple Breba and Main Crop Fig Video Review Replies: 16
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Thanks for the comments everyone!

Christian the hot dry climate here does affect the fig trees.  Temps here are above 100F almost everyday from June to September.  The sun is always shining and it feels very hot.  Some of the trees grow with large soft leaves.  But many of them do seem to produce smaller more leathery leaves in this climate.  I also notice that the trees grow dense, with not that much distance between the leaves.  I think these changes are the fig tree's natural response to the climate.  Smaller harder leaves lose less water to transpiration.  A denser growth habit casts more shade on the root zone.

Subject: LSU Purple Breba and Main Crop Fig Video Review Replies: 16
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Thanks for the tip Armando.  Let us know how your LSU Purple tree does.

Subject: LSU Purple Breba and Main Crop Fig Video Review Replies: 16
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Thanks David.

Subject: Origin of Hardy Chicago Type Figs Replies: 11
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From what I can piece together so far about Hardy Chicago it probably originates around Mt. Etna in Sicily, but has been in widespread distribution in Italy and elsewhere for some time.  There are numerous named varieties in trade that strongly resemble "Hardy Chicago", originating from Italy, France, and Portugal at least.  And who knows how many unnamed backyard trees?

 

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