Several trees are now in full swing:
Black Mission NL is delicious and is a shade larger than my other Black Mission, but my tree seems stunted and weak--perhaps due to its location. I may airlayer a branch and try it in another spot.
LSU Purple is just getting started; this is its fourth season in the ground (from sucker) and some of the figs taste okay, others are still blah. I'll try leaving them until they're ugly-ripe and see if that helps.
Georgia White Hybrid is a winner--very productive, sweet & juicy/jammy. No souring or bug problems (yet), rain or shine.
Conadria is quite similar to the GWH--I don't think I could tell the difference from the outside, but there's a bit more white flesh on the stem end of the GWH, and the flavor of the Conadria isn't quite as good, but it's close.
LSU Gold is turning into a disappointment. My tree, at least, isn't very productive, and sours quickly with a little rain. Only two figs in today's harvest hadn't soured. I'm beginning to think it's not very good for Tucson.
Violette de Bordeaux is just hitting its stride, and it's a great fig--rich flavor, beautiful red interior, very productive--there are so many figs clustered on the branch ends that it can be tricky to find enough finger-room to work the ripe ones loose without bruising them against the hard, unripe fruit. I did have a few (3) split badly in the last rain, but it's a small price to pay.
Tena is very productive, but I'm not wild about the fruit--it often seems to get sort of dried and wrinkled without ever getting fully ripe. A little rain seems to help a lot--then it gets quite yellow and sweeter.
LSU Improved Celeste is also very productive, but I find I'll usually eat something else when I have a choice. So, I'm drying all of them. In my yard, they seem prone to develop hard, tough patches near the base; I have no idea why.
Excel isn't bad, but now that I have several better options it seems kind of underwhelming.
Black Mission is very good in every respect, except I wish it was more productive, with a longer season. Most of the figs on mine have already ripened.
Hardy Chicago and Marseilles Black VS are at their peaks right now. The figs are rich with excellent flavor/color/texture. The figs are small and they only produce a fraction (by volume) of the yield of some of my other trees, but they're a nice addition. I can't detect any difference between them.
Ischia Green (not pictured) is still very young but has ripened a few fruit. The flavor is good when not soured by rain or bugs, but most have been sour. I'll give it another couple of years and see if it improves.
There's no way my family can eat this many fresh figs, so most went into the dehydrator. I'm experimenting with slicing them cross-ways, since some of them are so wide (I cut off the stem and then squish the fig gently between thumb and index finger to flatten it a bit before slicing). I like the round shape that results, although on the Conadria and GWH, sometimes the stem end ends up with almost none of the jammy interior. It's okay by me--both halves taste good. Here are how some of them look on the trays, ready for the dryer. The trays are 15" by 15."