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Subject: De La Reina Replies: 29
Posted By: JD Views: 2,322
 
Marius,
Excellent harvest of great looking figs and very nice photos. When you have a chance, it would be wonderful to see the trees that ripened these figs. Are they grounded or potted? No birds?

Subject: Close your eyes Martin Replies: 23
Posted By: JD Views: 1,309
 
Jon,
Good looking fig. Love that juicy, syrupy look.
What is the history of Verdonne?

Subject: What would Martin eat? Replies: 22
Posted By: JD Views: 1,184
 
wow...

Subject: Battaglia Green 2013 Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,483
 



Subject: Today's Harvest 2013 Replies: 42
Posted By: JD Views: 1,776
 
Petite Negri with Battaglia Green as a close runner up. It was the crunch and not the sweetness of Petite Negri because they were equally ripe (VdB needed 2-3 days to be competitive). Battaglia Green tastes like a dark fig and has slight acidic undertone that adds depth to its flavor. Both hold well in the heat, humidity and rain of 8B.




Subject: PIX UPATE: Calvert USDA/UCD Replies: 18
Posted By: JD Views: 1,205
 
Good thread Pete and good to see Calvert up close and personal. I am looking forward to seeing more figs.

Subject: Baskinta Brown 2013 Replies: 16
Posted By: JD Views: 1,236
 
Pattee,
I do have Baskinta Purple but it has not fruited. It has finger like leaves.

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Subject: Smith 2013 Replies: 20
Posted By: JD Views: 1,576
 
James,
It took this tree a few years before it produced these figs. It was worth the wait.

Meghan,
Smith is a slower grower in 8B.

Thanks Sarah.

Steve,
Photos of leaves are attached.

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Subject: Today's Harvest 2013 Replies: 42
Posted By: JD Views: 1,776
 
Martin,
Scott's Black followed closely by Pananas Purple.

Subject: Hunt 2013 Replies: 2
Posted By: JD Views: 444
 
Breba. Unknown Cannone is good.

Subject: Hardy Chicago 2013 Replies: 49
Posted By: JD Views: 2,855
 
A very good fig even at a different stages of ripeness.

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Subject: LSU Scott's Black 2013 Replies: 12
Posted By: JD Views: 1,415
 


Two days later...

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Subject: Pananas Purple 2013 Replies: 28
Posted By: JD Views: 1,347
 
Tamar,
The tree arrived in this form. I have read posts where Navid details how to get this sprawl. I like it.

Thanks everyone. Here are a couple more...

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Subject: Cannone Dark 2013 Replies: 17
Posted By: JD Views: 1,008
 
More (and likely last) from Cannone Dark. I knocked off many others to encourage growth this season.

Frank,
I cannot wait to see the figs from your tree.






Subject: LSU Late Black 2013 Replies: 10
Posted By: JD Views: 776
 
Rain is eminent so the testing period came to a close a little earlier than expected. The observation is that they seem to hold on pretty well and taste great. See for yourself:


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Subject: Gino's Black 2013 Replies: 15
Posted By: JD Views: 1,065
 
A little riper...this one was much better.

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Subject: Hunt 2013 Replies: 2
Posted By: JD Views: 444
 
This potted layer is producing good fruits. The mother tree is heaving infected with FMV and is having a difficult time producing figs when it does, they are good. It is decent fig. Not poor and not spectacular. It will produce about four larger than a golf ball size figs every four days. Worth keeping only because the few breba that I have had are wow-ish. It may do well grounded.

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Subject: Today's Harvest 2013 Replies: 42
Posted By: JD Views: 1,776
 
Harvested on Monday 12 August


Subject: Gino's Black 2013 Replies: 15
Posted By: JD Views: 1,065
 
Thanks Francisco. More posts on the way.

Greg,
The first several weeks of the season here was Noah-esque rain which led to souring, fruit flies, and spiders. I was not happy but the returns have been very good thus far. Heaven and Earth willing, you will have better fortunes.

Thank you Meghan.

Dennis,
Piedmont? The breadth and depth of your collection never ceases to amaze me. Thanks.

Vince,
They were good. Thus far, it has been a season of seasons for figs here in 8B.

Subject: MVS Black 2013 Replies: 19
Posted By: JD Views: 1,421
 
Tamar,
Thank you for the encomium. I appreciate you looking and liking my photographs. It is fun. A book? Interesting idea. There are several forum members who take excellent photographs. Expanding your thought just a little bit, what do you think about a compendium of fig photos (best from several members) benefiting the Foundation?

I received the cuttings from Herman in May 2010 and it was grounded in 2011. It was about 24" tall.

Greg,
You will be pleased with MVSB. It is the only tree I have that can keep up...with the birds. Even if the birds gash a few, there are more waiting.

Dennis,
Thanks for the tickler that Mavra Sika is better than MVSB. Will you please post some pictures?

Subject: Gino's Black 2013 Replies: 15
Posted By: JD Views: 1,065
 
Greg,
Once the figs begin to ripen, rain regular rain is a PITA.

Pete,
It was better but it seems to be a middle of the pack fig. It would likely miss the cut because it produces just few figs and ripens them so slowly here potted in my backyard.

James,
Good point. I agree. I have not yet encountered a split or soured Gino's Black.

Pattee,
Thanks again.

Subject: Mixed Up Labels Replies: 6
Posted By: JD Views: 629
 
Due to a poor misplacement of a few labels, these eight labels blew off while the trees were leafless. I had to wait for leaves and fruit to try to break the code. Matching fruits and leaves to pictures is not difficult but not fun either. From left to right, the labels read China White, Jurupa, MVSB, I-258, GM#1 Malta Purple Black, Mimi's Green Honey, Nero, and Sal's EL.

I believe the first three photos are China White that was not ready and thus not good at all. The final three may be Sal's EL which was good with a slight crunch that I like. I will include photos of leaves as I remember to do so.

Lesson Learned. Tie metal tags on main trunks only and use paint markers to write names onto pots.

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Subject: Aubique Petite 2013 Replies: 12
Posted By: JD Views: 1,180
 
Same fig. Released from the Fig Protection Program. Entered into the Bon Appetite Asylum.

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Subject: MVS Black 2013 Replies: 19
Posted By: JD Views: 1,421
 
If it ripens 1/3 of the remaining figs, then MVSB easily earns the title of Most Prolific of 2013 (in terms of # of figs). Approximately 4-5 figs ripen daily with 200+ figs on a seven foot tall tree with a six foot radius. I have two wishes for this tree. Wish 1. I wish that I liked it more. This could be a reality over the next few seasons. The problem is that that there are a few figs that we like better. Wish 2. I wish that more of them ripened at the same time. Then fig leather, fig jam, and fig preserves factor into making Wish 1 a reality.


Subject: LSU Late Black 2013 Replies: 10
Posted By: JD Views: 776
 


I suspect these figs will almost dry on the tree because of the size, eye, neck, water content of the figs. Hardy Chicago has similar characteristics. The hypothesis is under test...

Subject: Gino's Black 2013 Replies: 15
Posted By: JD Views: 1,065
 

Subject: Smith 2013 Replies: 20
Posted By: JD Views: 1,576
 
Images from both potted and grounded trees. As others have noted, Smith is one of the ugly but good (outstanding) figs.

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Subject: Perfectly ripe Barnissotte fig Replies: 8
Posted By: JD Views: 713
 
That looks good! Very nice Tom.

Subject: Battaglia Green 2013 Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,483
 
Mike,
I am still learning but here is what I have observed and it is purely anecdotage: I find it interesting that most browns, blacks, and purples exhibit a drooping neck when ripe whereas most non-dark (greens and yellows) that I have like Battaglia, Smith, LSU Gold, Golden Celeste swell quite noticeably, become softer to the touch, and most importantly for me, develop the dark sugar spots, i.e., it gets ugly. That's how I know. Other yellows and greens may get hangman's neck but not these.

Thanks Meghan, Frank, Charles, Calvin, Pete, Guiseppe, Mike, Goss, and Ryan.

Subject: Harvey's New Fig Orchard Replies: 114
Posted By: JD Views: 5,243
 
Harvey,
Impressive and inspiring. Thanks for sharing. I have a couple of questions: How long are the rows? What are those posts made of and what are you using to create the tension?

Subject: Battaglia Green 2013 Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,483
 
Calvin,
I do not have Ischia Green to compare it. However, I believe that Frank (FMD) does. I think his trees are grounded so you may get an observation from 8B this season.

Subject: Sachet bag bird protection Replies: 20
Posted By: JD Views: 1,665
 
Thanks Jon.

The organza bags are good for birds and bugs and they breathe. Like you, I bought a few for spot duty. I believe it was Bass (http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Protecting-a-fig-6360473) who mentioned them. I like the Christmas tree look. These must be FANTASTIC in your climate and other areas that are more dry than wet.

They work well here during stretches of no rain. However, after more than couple of days of rain, I have observed that they can accelerate souring and/or splitting for those with eyes that are not closed. The bags will hold water on overcast days but dry out well enough when the sun follows the rain.

Subject: Noire de Barbentane (Baud) Replies: 12
Posted By: JD Views: 1,085
 
Leon,
Looking forward to your description of NdB. Not much has been said about it. You and Martin will inform us.

Subject: JH Adriatic pic. Replies: 16
Posted By: JD Views: 1,083
 
Thanks for sharing your photos Art. Very nice. Glad you had a chance to sample one. I still have hope. Meanwhile, it looks like the green/yellow figs occupy the ugly but awesome mafia. JH Adriatic and Smith may be the Dons.

Subject: Tres num Prato or SofĂȘno Claro Replies: 29
Posted By: JD Views: 1,250
 
Francisco,
Excellent photos and descriptions. Is Prato/Claro a common fig?

Subject: Dark Portuguese 2013 Replies: 12
Posted By: JD Views: 848
 
You are welcome folks. This is fun

Shah8,
I think the Dark Portuguese's flavor profile is different from Hardy Chicago, Sal's EL, and the others I mentioned. The flavored acidity makes it unique for my climate and taste buds. The beauty in my situation is that Frank (FMD) has most of the figs that I have. Thus I have a check and balance in terms of a mutually exclusive opinion on grounded figs whereas the majority of mine are potted.

FiggyFrank,
My tree is potted and connected to an automated irrigation with a zone dedicated to potted plants. Trees get nine minutes of water twice daily and nothing when the rain level trips the sensor. I am not sure why it threatened to split but it didn't and I will pick them such that I mitigate splitting as much as possible.

Subject: Ugly figs that taste real good... Replies: 13
Posted By: JD Views: 959
 
When they are ugly like thay, you just know it is goimg drop you to your knees or make you spit it out in a hurry. Thanks for posting these Frank.

Subject: Cannone Dark 2013 Replies: 17
Posted By: JD Views: 1,008
 
Pat,
I trust that all is well with you and your family. The Cannone Dark is a good unique fig. Awesome story. Even better that you shared it here. Thank you for taking the time to post it. Please tell your Father THANK YOU for his dedication and effort.

Subject: Malta Black 2013 Replies: 4
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Malta Black. A cutting + six hundred thirty-five days = figs. Thanks Herman. I concur with what has been written [1][2][3]...a good fig superior to Celeste in taste, not yet in production. Edit. Ok Herman.

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Subject: Dark Portuguese 2013 Replies: 12
Posted By: JD Views: 848
 
Dark Portuguese. Received in a one gallon pot in a trade for tropical fruit. Thanks Bass.Well before I joined this forum and started growing figs, Martin and Bass posted about this fig [1][2][3][4][5].

It is juicy and has slight crunch that adds a texture and flavor that I like. The flavor had a duality/balance that was very different when compared to the figs I tasted after it, i.e., Malta Black, Late Black, MVSB, Smith, Aubique Petite, and Hardy Chicago. The taste is mildly figgy with an acidic undertone like adding citrus to a sweet dessert but with flavor. In my experience, only Camuna Small Black, Battaglia Green and now Dark Portuguese have this duality.

If it always tastes this way, then like Martin and Bass said five years ago, Dark Portuguese is winner. The size of the eye and the splitting that was eminent are the only concerns. I need to be sure I pick these once the cracking starts. If not, then hello souring and fruit flies.

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Subject: Baskinta Brown 2013 Replies: 16
Posted By: JD Views: 1,236
 
Thanks to 71GTO for making me follow up with Vern and for the accurate information. Thanks to Vern for the quick reply. Here is what Vern had to say which is the same as 71GTO in post #5:

Quote:
There are only two Baskinta figs brown and purple. They came from Baskinta a town in Lebanon. I thought I labeled them all Baskinta Brown and Baskinta Purple when I sent them out for trades or postage. There were a lot of people that ended up with these cuttings.

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Subject: Cannone Dark 2013 Replies: 17
Posted By: JD Views: 1,008
 
Pete,
Given my limited experience, the shape, skin color, and pulp color are unique.

Jenn,
It is huge. Only one today. It is a juvenile tree and as such, I knocked off most of the embryos only allowing a few to ripen.

Subject: Battaglia Green 2013 Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,483
 
Thanks all.

I need to read more descriptions about the taste of Battaglia Green. I sampled this one before tasting a few very good dark figs. I remember this fig and I always will. It was berry flavored with a unique undertone/'kick' of something unlike any other fig I have tasted. I am not sure what the undertone was but it is very good. I want several more.



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Subject: Cannone Dark 2013 Replies: 17
Posted By: JD Views: 1,008
 
Unknown Cannone Dark. Received cuttings in March 2012 from Pat C. Thanks Pat. This is the heaviest fig I have ever held. It is large, dense, thick, and meaty like a Cherokee Purple tomato compared to other. Sweetness = 6/10. In terms of the flavor, it was not figgy, not berry, and not honey. This was something different and it tasted as different as it looked and felt. More please...

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Subject: Today's Harvest 2013 Replies: 42
Posted By: JD Views: 1,776
 
Figs, tomatoes, and peppers...

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Subject: LSU Scott's Black 2013 Replies: 12
Posted By: JD Views: 1,415
 
Thanks folks.

Meghan,
I rate Scott's Black as a high 8 and a dead ripe LSU Purple as a solid 6 (9 for the sweetness and sugar rush but the taste is nothing special, for my buds). Note that I said dead ripe. If they are not dead ripe, I do not eat them.

If LSU Scott's Black and LSU Purple color, swell, and are picked at similar points of softness to touch and droopiness, then Scott's Black will always be much better tasting than Purple and definitely much sweeter. According to members much more experience that me, a) juvenile LSU Purple trees should be planted in the ground and b) more mature trees tend to produce significantly better figs than when they were younger. Owners of young trees are always told to 'be patient for a few years'.

I have learned that LSU Purple figs hold amazing well on the tree: they concentrate their sugars like no other tree I have and are almost impervious to splitting. Because of these qualities, you can get fig preserves directly from juvenile trees if you allow them to start the drying process on the tree.

Subject: Battaglia Green 2013 Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,483
 
Battaglia Green. Purchased cuttings for a good cause from Sybil M in March 2012. Thanks Sybil! Not much to say other than it is said to be a superior green fig. I will hold my opinion until I taste a few more. Clearly, this one needed a more time on the tree...but it is promising.

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Subject: LSU Scott's Black 2013 Replies: 12
Posted By: JD Views: 1,415
 
LSU Scott's Black is under rated, rain tolerant, heat and humidity loving, and just built well for the dirty South. Scott's Black continues to make my family say "Wow. That was really good." It was really that good...like it always has been.

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Subject: Socorro Black 2013 Replies: 14
Posted By: JD Views: 1,470
 
Rain was eminment so I took these a few days early. They were very good. That cavity seems larger this season.




Subject: Aubique Petite 2013 Replies: 12
Posted By: JD Views: 1,180
 

 

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