Rouge de Bordeaux and Ronde de Bordeaux are two french figs that Baud recommends for cool climates in France (except mountains places). Zone 8, for instance around Paris, (near Paris we can have zone 9 some say). I was looking on internet Zone 8 would corresponds to Texas in US, South East and South midwest. But Zones are not explaning everything, other factors i think are important.
Rouge de Bordeaux, Pastiliere, is said to be by Baud, a very fine tasting fig, it's first quality not to be very sweet but my translation: flesh very smooth or delicate, fruity, fleshy, very few grains.55/60 grams. ('chair très fine, fruitée et charnue avec très peu de grains').
very small tree, very early variety, for areas where there are frost in septembre. Harvest august in Provence (south France, Baud's region).
But taste on this fig is not rated the same, some say it's insipid despite Baud's, other
concord, for instance Les chenevières, that sell fig jam in France say: subtle, velvety, fruity, juicy. http://leschenevieres30.e-monsite.com/rubrique,14-varietes-de-figues,170620.html
Ronde de Bordeaux, Baud says its exceptional for it's taste, good for areas that have early frosts in spring. Very sweet, thin skin, smooth flesh, very sweet. As i read somewhere he said, if he had one to keep it would be this one. (well, in a newspaper, on internet...). Earliest with Pastilière. 40/55 gram.Harvest august.
Some say not very juicy but 'corsé', means marked taste, strong taste. Flesh very red. Very tasty. A big fig tree. I didn't read negative comments on it.
So far I didn't taste any of them. I know that Pastilière is commonly known in south french markets and that ronde is very small, often high rated.
For pleasure see the interview of Baud, for people who speak french. (he talks about RDB and Pastilière, it's just the same I translated on those figs before...Pastilière : for people more on the fruity side, RDB very sweet taste. Ha Ha reminds me about Hardy Chicago/Sal's comparision, fruity side and sweetness side.
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