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Subject: Inchários -Black and White Replies: 9
Posted By: JD Views: 725
 
Impressive!
Hand pollination? Which 1-2-3-4-5 trees would you pollinate? Francisco has at least 10 trees that we all need. That would be incredibly labor intensive. What if a mocking bird pecks a whole in it. Poof. Mushroom cloud and thne headline..JD Eradicates Mocking Bird Population in 8B.

Subject: Baskinta Brown 2013 Replies: 16
Posted By: JD Views: 1,236
 
Thanks green fig, susieqz, Pattee, and indestructible87. 71GTO, I do not know. If Baskinta Brown = Unknown Lebanese Brown, then of course. I have posted the name of the fig as it was given to me. If you know more, please let me know because I simply do not know.

Subject: Baskinta Brown 2013 Replies: 16
Posted By: JD Views: 1,236
 
Baskinta Brown (labeled Unknown Lebanese Brown). Two logs from Vern C in November 2011. Thanks Vern. Now more than eight feet tall, grounded, unpruned, and getting only about 5 hours max of sunlight daily. I was shocked to find these two figs because the birds missed them. They were figgy but not juicy nor memorably sweet. As you can see, they crack nicely. In the hopes of a more productive life, I will prune it as well as the tree causing the shade. Highly rated [No]. Taste [Good because it was not bland tasting and watery like some golden looking figs can get; yes you Celeste]. Productive [Not sure]. Keep [For now]. Update 20130810. Vern confirmed that there are only two varieties, Baskinta Brown and Baskinta Purple.

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Subject: Petite Negri 2013 Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,751
 
Correct Frank. I believe your Petite Negri EL is different from what I have labeled as Aubique Petite (as well as VdB) less the crucial environmental factors. Both are now must-have. I like the Bordeaux style/profile. If such a thing exists, I might describe it as a medium sized, purple-black skin, dense, rich, mildly acidic (vs sweet) with a slight crunch and a minimal void. In comparison with other medium size figs I have tasted this season, Late Black, Scott's Black, Improved Celeste, Pananas Purple, Stallion, and Celeste are sweeter. Socorro Black, MVSB, Pananas Purple, and Hardy Chicago share a slight acidity as well as a unique taste quality that I refer to as 'complex'.

Subject: Pananas Purple 2013 Replies: 28
Posted By: JD Views: 1,347
 
A few photos of this sprawling tree and its leaves...

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Subject: LSU Golden Celeste 2013 Replies: 16
Posted By: JD Views: 1,027
 
Mike and Paul, Thanks for the 411.

Two special things happened today: 1) The birds finally decided to eat the figs. They looked like Christmas ornaments and day after day the birds would not touch them. And 2) My daughter said "They are good...to me." Uh oh. I went out and picked all that were ready. I attached a few photos of the tree that now has a powerful advocate.

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Subject: Petite Negri 2013 Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,751
 
Frank,
Thanks for the Petie Negri. Great fig.
Did you see Bob's post (#4) in this thread? It refers to a post you made saying that you thought it was not Petite Negri...

Quote:
Originally Posted by FMD
See last year's discussion ..
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Petit-Negri-Not-So-Petit-5472207?highlight=negri
So, I guess I have a Petite Aubique rather than a Petit Negri. Apologies to all those that I gave plants and cuttings labeled as PN. You are the new proud owners of Petite Aubique.

Subject: The top fig Replies: 45
Posted By: JD Views: 1,590
 
Yep...

Subject: Petite Negri 2013 Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,751
 
Bob,
The family voted for fig pizza tonight. Thus I sampled only a quarter of one fig of each. I want and need more. Flavor. For my taste, VdB has the more complex flavor. Aubique Petite is slightly more acidic. Petite Negri is more dense. ProductivityAubique Petite is out of its mind right now and seems to be the most productive. VdB is next and has produced two loner figs with the others starting the blushing that occurs before swelling and final coloring. Petite Negri takes it time to produce those big 'ol figs...one...at...a...time on my tree. Early. First season getting figs on Petite Negri and Aubique Petite. VdB was first but only produced a single fig twice. Aubique Petite is about the ripen them all over a five day period. VdB will like do the same but not yet.

Subject: Aubique Petite 2013 Replies: 12
Posted By: JD Views: 1,180
 
Aubique Petite. Received a well rooted layer in March 2012. Thanks Cathy. It appears as if it will share its bounty all at once. This 4'+ potted 4'6" tall has grown 2'+. Its nearest neighbors are VdB, Pananas Purple, LSU Purple, and Socorro Black. I suppose it has felt the pressure to be good because it is as good as advertised; complex, good size, juicy, and dense. I had to share these figs but there is more to come. If it had a few seeds for texture, it would be exceptional. You can see in the photos that Aubique Petite it is current enrolled in the FPP (Fig Protection Program) and the Fig Protection Service (FPS) is active.

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Subject: Today's Harvest 2013 Replies: 42
Posted By: JD Views: 1,776
 
These were primarily used for dinner...fig pizza. My wife and children love it. It is the only way my son will eat figs.




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Subject: Petite Negri 2013 Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,751
 
Petite Negri needed another day...but when I checked it I tore the stem...so today became the day to offer this example. Petite Negri, Aubique Petite, and VdB are all potted and get the same Southern exposure in the same micro climate. Appearance, flavor, size, leaf shape, and growing habit indicate that these three are different/similar. Aubique and Petite Negri both have FMV. All three are good. If someone said "Pick One", my answer is "Yes".



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Subject: Hardy Chicago 2013 Replies: 49
Posted By: JD Views: 2,855
 
Susie,
This is a forum of nice members. Quirky, experienced, stubborn, and set in their ways but generally nice. When I arrived here in 2010, I was clueless and figless. Martin (Dieseler) and Dan (Dan_la) were the first to share cuttings with me. Martin sent me Hardy Chicago and Sal's EL cuttings, and Dan sent me Atreano and LSU Gold cuttings. More importantly, forum members shared know-how and how-to.

I am no longer clueless but what I call not as confused as I once was. If there was hope for me, the future is bright for you. Keep asking questions.

Subject: Petite Negri 2013 Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,751
 
Bob,
Over the next few days, I will do my best to provide a comparative example of the leaves and ripe fruit from a tree labeled Petite Negri (from Frank) and the leaves and ripe fruit from a tree labeled Aubique Petite. I know that an example is not a proof. It can, however, confirm that these are two distinctly different trees as well as it will keep the discussion focused on the naming convention.

Subject: Hardy Chicago 2013 Replies: 49
Posted By: JD Views: 2,855
 
Susie,
You got it. First good tasting one in 2011 and really good since then. It is not a prolific tree but a steady producer of consistently top quality figs.

Subject: Petite Negri 2013 Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,751
 
Bob,
It would be nice if this were an exact science but it just would not be as fun.

I recognize that some identifications are obvious and that Herman's identification skills much better than most. I tend to avoid the name discussions because there are figs to be grown. More importantly, figs to be eaten.

Thanks for pointer to Frank's thread because I missed his notice to owners of his Petite Negri. When I read the thread, however, there was only anecdotal and no conclusive evidence that compelled me to think that Frank's tree was not Petite Negri and could be positively identified as Aubique Petite. I am certain that Frank thought about it, thus will ask him why he changed his mind.

Meanwhile, I have trees that are named VdB, VdB EL, Aubique Petite, and Petite Negri. I should be able to sample fruits from each fig this season and probably within a two day window because they appear to have similar traits. I sampled VdB and Petite Negri on the same day and they are similar (no doubt) but different (no doubt) to my taste buds. As you know well, the factors that could impact growth, flavor, productivity, and size are numerous: FMV, pot, potting media, water, sunlight, castings, fertilizer, mulch, limestone.

I believe that the right name adds value (see LSU ___, ___ de Bordeaux, ___ Black, Maltese ___). I also know that a great tasting fig is more valuable.

Darius,
I will consider adding the weight parameter to my fig descriptions in the future and having a digital scale will make it easier to do so.

Subject: BELMANDIL Replies: 16
Posted By: JD Views: 798
 
uau! That is a great looking fig...all those seeds must have given it some texture. Francisco, did the figs have a slight crunch?

Subject: LSU Golden Celeste 2013 Replies: 16
Posted By: JD Views: 1,027
 
Good sugestion Bob. Mitigate the water.

Subject: Pananas Purple 2013 Replies: 28
Posted By: JD Views: 1,347
 
A few more photos of the first few figs to ripen...



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Subject: Petite Negri 2013 Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,751
 
Petite Negri. I received this tree in October 2011. Thanks Frank (FMD). It was a layer from his grounded and mature tree. My tree is potted and its fruits are not petite. It has been a slow to moderate grower as this is the very first season that it has produced figs. It ripens a minimum of one to a maximum of three figs every two to three days when the weather cooperates. It is our best large fig. Recently, in an informal poll of three who eats figs in our household (our son abstains; he is not a fig nor a mango guy yet...say wth?), we rated Petite Negri as the runner up to Pananas Purple and better than Hardy Chicago. Petite Negri has a complex but not a figgy (like a Celeste) nor is it as sweet (as a Celeste) but its flavor profile is unique and very good. I need a few (10) more figs to describe it better.

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Subject: Hardy Chicago 2013 Replies: 49
Posted By: JD Views: 2,855
 
Susie,

No worries. I wanted to be certain that I had not misled you. You jumped to a conclusion that I was not expecting. I just was not sure how you got there.

To answer your question, I reread the post that I linked to in post #29 of this thread. It started bearing in 2011. Ask and I will answer what I can based upon my experiences.

Quote:
Originally Posted by susieqz
i'm sorry, jd. i thot you had said that and now that i look back i see you haven't. i'm sometimes a bit scatter brained. but, since i got you, would you please tell me when your tree came into bearing? or, anything else you can share, when you have time?

i didn't mean to usurp your thread, i just hoped you could tell me what to expect.

only if you feel like answering a silly question.

Subject: Today's Harvest 2013 Replies: 42
Posted By: JD Views: 1,776
 
Thanks Darius, Eithieus, Smaritza, Bob, Patte, and Charles.
I enjoy taking photos. The tool is a Sony DSC-H5 camera sometimes with a close-up lens.

Bob,
Hope...an elixir for living a full and often times rewarding life as long as it is duly coupled with action.

Flavor. I tasted all of the dark figs one after the other. Petite was the runner up to Pananas Purple and better than the Hardy Chicago on that day. I have had Hardy Chicago that were better than that particular Petite Negri. Hardy Chicago has a more complex, intense berry flavor but the Petite Negri was also complex but not as figgy as a Celeste nor as sweet but somehow different and very good. I need a few more to describe it better.
Productivity. Hardy Chicago is more productive and grounded. The Petite Negri is potted.
Ripening Time. The Hardy Chicago started earlier and ripen faster.

Thanks for asking. If you have any more questions regarding the figs in my backyard, just ask.

Subject: LSU Golden Celeste 2013 Replies: 16
Posted By: JD Views: 1,027
 
Viv,

Thanks for chiming in. I hear you. I have not seen many photos of LSU Golden Celeste. My logic leads me to distrust the source but it just isn't that serious; it's about the figs. I like the tact of my wife and daughter: Daddy/Honey, No more of those (LSU Golden Celeste) and more of these please.

If Frank (FMD) has Alma, then my Golden Celeste is not his Alma. Not yet. Maybe it is the difference between potted and grounded into concrete plus age. It is difficult to say.

The bottom line is that time is up and it is culling time. A decision will be made: Golden Celeste is either going to serve as a surrogate for CdD Blanc or Black Madeira or cut up into pieces because it is too big to ship. If I did, it would require to wardrobe boxes taped together to pack it.

I have a Marabout C Smrynay that is about to get the same business because it needs the fig wasp. It grows prolifically but the figs always abort and have flowered centers.

Subject: Hardy Chicago 2013 Replies: 49
Posted By: JD Views: 2,855
 
Susie,
No, you did not understand me correctly. Please clarify what you are asking. What in my post made you expect your HC from Hirt's to give you figs two years from now?

Subject: Black Bethlehem 2013 Replies: 4
Posted By: JD Views: 725
 
Black Bethlehem. Purchased this potted tree from Bass in Mar 2010. Black Bethlehem has always been stellar tasting and moderately productive for the past two seasons. It has a flavor profile very similar (I think) to Hardy Chicago (which I think is better but not by much and not consistently) but different because it is more acidic (slightly) to my tasting. Black Bethlehem also does not concentrate its sugars to become jammy but more dense. In 8B, Black Bethlehem has always overlapped but followed Hardy Chicago in the season. One last point, it ripens fewer figs but more in groups, e.g., seven groups of 3 figs and that includes a few singles that I routinely find only after they have been has been partially eaten by a bird. For comparison, Hardy Chicago ripens more figs but in fewer groups, think four groups of 6 figs.

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Subject: LSU Golden Celeste 2013 Replies: 16
Posted By: JD Views: 1,027
 
Root stock...a good reason to practice grafting and to experiment with something difficult to grow here like Black Madeira or CdD Blanc. Hmmm...Thanks Tami.

Subject: Hardy Chicago 2013 Replies: 49
Posted By: JD Views: 2,855
 
Underrated. High Quality. Hardy Chicago is and always has been an excellent fig here. Martin, Thanks for sending me cuttings back in January 2010. It was the first fig I put in the ground and the one in the ground at my Mother's home in South Florida is producing very good figs also.

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Subject: LSU Golden Celeste 2013 Replies: 16
Posted By: JD Views: 1,027
 
LSU Golden Celeste. Received in March 2011 from Just Fruits & Exotics. Another LSU with the word "Gold" in it and another fig that performs better in hot and dry (like LSU Gold). It has Alma like qualities in terms of size, extremely productive, but the watered down taste is problematic and it has two years of not producing good figs in the heat, rain, and humidity of 8B. It is likely going to get a new hot and dry home or go to fig heavan. The problem is that But it is in a ~10 gallon pot and big so shipping the tree is not going to happen. Not sure what to do with this one. Any ideas?

PS. A self check shows that I slowly moving towards the Dark Side but never fully unless Socorro Black, Camuna Small Black, Alma, Stallion, Foxcroft, and Strawberry Verte are considered dark figs.

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Subject: Gino's Black 2013 Replies: 15
Posted By: JD Views: 1,065
 
Gino's Black. Received cuttings from Herman2 (eBay) in March 2010. It put out good figs last season but I traveled quite and the FPP was not in full effect. Thus the birds highly recommended it.

This one was harvested on yesterday (F 8/2/13). It needed another day or two for perfection. How did it taste? I dunno. There was no hope. I should have waited because it had no chance to be good when it was tasted after we had sampled well ripened VdB, Pananas Purple, Hardy Chicago, Late Black, and Petite Negri.

The Gino's are now being protected and everything being equal, I will be better able to assess the next few...Heaven and Earth willing.

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Subject: Violette De Bordeaux 2013 Replies: 17
Posted By: JD Views: 1,274
 
Thanks all. VdB is special.

Tami and Smaritza,
Not to hijack and/or misdirect my own thread but...you both are right. Tami responded to my reference to Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty and the phrase "on like Donkey Kong" has origins in the Nintendo arcade game Donkey Kong and has been popularized over the years.

Subject: MVS Black 2013 Replies: 19
Posted By: JD Views: 1,421
 
Thanks all.

Herman,
I would love to taste MVSB, VdB, LSU Gold, as well as others like Socorro Black, Camuna Small Black, and Pananas Purple in a hot and dry climate, just to see how much better they might be without the humidity and heavy rains. I am sharing cuttings so maybe someone further west can execute the testing.

Joe,
Check your PMs.

Subject: MVS Black 2013 Replies: 19
Posted By: JD Views: 1,421
 
Pete,

No, they don't all look the same. It depends upon when you pick them. The next few will be better protected and allowed to wrinkle and they will be much darker because the sugars will have started to concentrate and carmelize.

Also, I prefer natural light (daylight) when I photograph and I rarely use a flash. For the fig photos, I maintain manual "control" (it is already scaled) of the aperature, shutter speed and iso until the preview looks like what my naked eye sees. Auto focus, click, and that's it. So the colors are what I see from my perspective in my daylight and not 100% what the camera does.

Subject: Lattarola and JH Adriatic Replies: 21
Posted By: JD Views: 1,424
 
Nice. Thanks for the 411 on JH Adriatic.

Subject: Violette De Bordeaux 2013 Replies: 17
Posted By: JD Views: 1,274
 
I was amazed (and thankful) to see that the birds had overlooked this jet black, almost as large as 'petite' negri fig. Hey. Look here Jack. VdB is on, like Donkey Kong...




Subject: LSU Late Black 2013 Replies: 10
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Subject: MVS Black 2013 Replies: 19
Posted By: JD Views: 1,421
 
I took this one (today) too early but to my surprise, it was much better than expected. Strange neck...

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Subject: MVS Black 2013 Replies: 19
Posted By: JD Views: 1,421
 
This grounded MVSB is the most productive fig tree that I have...by far. The figs are good and just a few (two) have ripened to date. So this is a good mid-season, transitioning from Celeste, steady, frequent, tasty, slightly better than average figs. Thanks Vasile.

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Subject: Today's Harvest 2013 Replies: 42
Posted By: JD Views: 1,776
 


The FPP (Fig Protection Program) worked well while I was gone. My daughter picked twenty figs on yesterday (01 August) and she even saved me a special one. After she had eaten three of "these really good one right here", she saved one (Smith) for her Dad. I smiled, gave her a big hug, enjoyed it, and then went over to the dark side to pick these today (with Martin in mind)...less the MVSB and the Golden Celeste. The attached photos are from harvests on the 27th, 28th, and 29th. It took three years to get to this point with mostly potted fig trees but it is nice and we are thankful. Pananas won the taste test. Petite Negri was second. If Smith were allowed in the competition, it would have tied for first. The labels for Late Black and Hardy Chicago should be swapped.

Frank (FMD),
Petite Negri isn't so petite but it is damn good.

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Subject: COURO DURO Replies: 20
Posted By: JD Views: 1,485
 
Franscisco,

Couro Duro/Figo Rei is yet ANOTHER photo of an excellent looking Portuguese fig. Thanks for posting your photos. Time for a fig hunt (or ninja exercise) first Malta then Portugal.

Subject: A few ripe fig pictures Replies: 9
Posted By: JD Views: 775
 
Thanks for sharing this nice collection of figs. You don't often see photos of those figs cut. Curious, what was it about the CdDG?

Subject: Pastiliere, Brogiotto Nero, Piedmont Replies: 24
Posted By: JD Views: 2,401
 
Thanks for sharing Dennis.
I am also having trouble viewing your photos. They do not expand once clicked. Why is that? I do not have the problem viewing anyone else's photos. Have you recently changed how you upload photos?

Subject: Another funny ebay auction Replies: 27
Posted By: JD Views: 1,050
 
I guess the descriptions are *not* supposed to correlate to the photos or the photos are independent of the words he has written. Nonetheless, a quick search reveals where the photos have been used previously (if not originally).

Kadota and Brown Turkish Figs found here: http://www.comidayolas.com/2012/09/from-garden-harvest-monday-91012.html and those others are no names found here: http://www.foodista.com/blog/2012/08/21/please-the-eye-and-tempt-the-palate-green-figs-and-ham#.

Subject: === yellow-green fig ID, please Replies: 9
Posted By: JD Views: 753
 
Good looking fig and nice photos. Does it require caprification or not?

Subject: Pananas Purple 2013 Replies: 28
Posted By: JD Views: 1,347
 
Thanks all...especially you Ingevald.

Smaritza,
Yes, a jack it is. Your revelation inspired an O.T. thread.

The first order of business is to pot up and hopefully encourage growth  over the next few months so that I can start a few layers and/or have some cuttings to share when next season arrives. I will keep you posted.

Subject: O.T. - Games of Your Youth Replies: 9
Posted By: JD Views: 519
 
In another thread, Smaritza got me to thinking about the [board] games of my youth as compared to some of the very good [board] games of today. In addition to new agel board games like Qwirkle and Blockus, my wife and I play the games of our youth like pick up sticks, hop scotch, ping pong, marbles, tether ball, jacks, monopoly, pool (8-ball), scrabble, and life with our children. Quite a bit during the summer; less so during the school year due to homework all the extracurriculars. What were some of your favorite [board] games growing up? When was the last time you played?

Subject: Smith 2013 Replies: 20
Posted By: JD Views: 1,576
 
Thanks all. Barry, I hear you man and I did that search before I completed that first post (see the links [1][2][3][4] at the end of th post) because I was not expecting those stripes. You know how it goes for growing figs, there are many factors that impact growth, looks, and taste. Maybe it is an improved Smith and but I do believe it is a Smith. I have no reason to doubt it. I had cuttings from Noss but none not make it. Is there only one variant of Smith?

Subject: Smith 2013 Replies: 20
Posted By: JD Views: 1,576
 
Smith. Purchased from Just Fruits and Exotics in July 2011. These were harvested today (from a potted tree) before work sends me to the Northeast for a few days. As always, I need to sample a few more before I say anything conclusive however, I can that a) the stripes are nice and b) the texture is smooth, creamy but not pasty unlike any other fig I have ever eaten. Note. I ate these Smith just after eating the first Socorro Black of 2013 and the Smith was good. I like competition. Heaven and Earth willing, there are a few more Smiths that should ripen. Thus I look forward to giving them more time to wrinkle, ripen, and taste better. Though limited, there is good information about and excellent photos of Smith to be found on the forum [1][2][3][4].

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Subject: Dauphine (Not) 2013 Replies: 14
Posted By: JD Views: 953
 
Now that the length and intensity of the daily rains has eased slightly, this fig is tasting better. It is still  not a keeper.

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Subject: Pananas Purple 2013 Replies: 28
Posted By: JD Views: 1,347
 
Pananas Purple. Received in March 2012 in a trade with texascockatoos. I was shocked by the unique combination of richness, sweetness, and depth of flavor of these two figs. I like a light to modest crunch and this one had it. My daughter really liked it as well. I need a few more to describe the taste. At that time, I will post a few photos of the tree and its leaves. It is potted, about three feet tall, open center with 3-4 sprawling legs. Meanwhile, you can see and read what Ingevald shared almost two years ago.

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Subject: Socorro Black 2013 Replies: 14
Posted By: JD Views: 1,470
 


I am on travel for the next few days and I was impatient. Nonetheless, the first Socorro Black was almost as good as I remember. A few more days and it could have been dead ripe causing epicuri-cide...or something close. Hopefully, my Fig Protection Program (FPP) is ready to perform at a high level. Wish me well.

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