I'm all about looking at a problem from multiple angles.
In circulation domestically, I'd guess that upwards of 99.5% of trees are common type, not requiring pollination. On the other hand, 30%-40%+ of all varieties are incapable of surviving in-ground in your climate, and at least 20% of all trees are worthless eating, unremarkable.
Seems like the bigger obstacle for you to tackle here is cold-hardiness, rather than no-wasp-required.
Some things I think will make or break you in PA:
- A variety's cold tolerance.
- Its resistance to splitting/spoiling during rain.
- Whether it's early or late to ripen.
- Whether it has a breba crop or only main crop.
- Whether the breba crop tastes better or main crop, or both.
My recommendation to you is to stop focusing on the most inconsequential thing (pollination requirements), since you're talking 1-in-50 trees that require pollination, at most. Instead, focus on what qualities in a fig are most important to you, such as:
- Fruit size (small or large).
- Fruit exterior and interior color (red/brown/purple/black/green/yellow).
- Richness: Really rich or not rich at all?
- Flavor: More berry-flavored, more honey-flavored, or more fig-flavored?
- Sweetness: Cloyingly sweet, moderately sweet, or hardly sweet?
- Crunchiness: Good seed crunch or not so much crunch?
Once you have a list of varieties that are appealing to you based on those traits, post it here at the forum so other members in PA can tell you what can and cannot work in your area for in-ground or pot culture.
If you need a variety reference, check the Variety database for Figs 4 Fun: http://figs4fun.com/varieties.html
Believe me, I went through that entire database front to back to find which figs I thought looked like "must haves" and my entire collection is based on that info and subsequent questions and reading.
Pro tip: Avoid anything that sayd "Caprifig" in the variety database.