Got back from a 10-day trip to Turkey this Tuesday and have finally got situated, so I'm posting a topic. I would also love help from someone/anyone going to or with family near Foça, Turkey to get something I saw there.
My trip wasn't a fig-hunting expedition, it was a vacation, but I had my eyes open the whole time for interesting stuff. Sadly, I didn't take a lot of pictures because there wasn't a ton of stuff I saw that was out of the ordinary. Lots of green figs, not a lot of dark figs. I'll post what I took just to share.
I want to say, I was seriously, seriously impressed with Turkey. I hadn't expected such an open, friendly, crime-free, English-speaking, hospitable and inexpensively beautiful place to visit. I have traveled all over the world... I would not hesitate to say that I have never, ever been to a place with such a kind, giving and friendly country. Seriously. (Not yet, at least). The country had tons of melons, stone fruits and figs.
Our trip was as follows : 3 days Istanbul, 2 days Ürgüp (Kapadokya), 3 days Foça, overnight again in Istanbul, then home. So, we did urban, desert/mountain, coastal, urban, then home.
In Istanbul, east of Hagia Sophia, there weren't a lot of figs. On the west side, we found a lot more. Sadly, we were only on the west side for the final night.
Ürgüp had almost no fig trees. Lots of stone fruits and melons, no figs.
Foça had a fig tree every 50 yards or less, and most properties had at least one, if not several (including restaurants and hotels).
Every breakfast looked pretty much like this, with green figs (abundant), heavy heavy seed crunch, nice rich, honey, figgy flavor, very different from the green figs we see on the east coast USA where we have no wasp.
We at a lot of sweets while in Istanbul on a short culinary tour. I preferred the chee kofte, kibbeh and ichlee kofte, but when we got to the sweets, one of the things they had was unripened figs that had been candied in sugar water - I didn't like them, but I took a picture so I could share with everyone (also pictured: baklava, candied pumpkin/chestnut/black walnut/baby eggplant)
I found this fig tree which has (almost to the letter) the leaves of Ronde de Bordeaux. I tried to take cuttings with a butter knife (couldn't find anything else), but I failed. I couldn't find a knife or pruning shears at any alleyway shops or anything, and it really kicked my ass. I was with three other people so I couldn't spend a lot of time on it, I still really really want cuttings of this tree.
High resolution version: http://i.imgur.com/wSq9i.jpg
Low res version:
The location of this fig in both satellite view and map view is here:
If anyone can assist with this, let me know (PM me or something). I don't care if it's only tissue culture... I'm frustrated because I paid good money to get there and couldn't bring the one thing I really wanted back. ;)