Originally Posted by JMRTSUS
As I understand LSU released these figs officially, Tiger, LSU Purple, LSU Gold, Champagne, O'Rourke, Scott's Black.
"After being dormant for a number of years, the AgCenter renewed the process of selecting potential varieties in the 1990s under the leadership of AgCenter horticulturist Charlie Johnson. Since then, the AgCenter has released new varieties named Champagne, LSU Gold, LSU Purple, O’Rourke, Tiger and Scott’s Black."
Ag center release
And lots of misinformation on the internet.....Ray's Figs below claim LSU Gold is not an official release, not true.
And claims Hollier is not an official release, but JFE says it is a LSU release as does other Nurseries like Dario. Is it?
- Hollier--In the trade, but not an official release from the LSU program. (May be the same as Guilbeau.)
- LSU Everbearing--In the trade, but not an official release from LSU.
- LSU Gold--In the trade, but not an official release from LSU. Reportedly a very fine fig.
- LSU Purple--An O'Rourke hybrid of Hunt and a California caprifig identified as "C-1," released by LSU in 1991. Rather variable in quality and hardiness, but when it is good it is really good.
- O'Rourke--Generally called LSU Improved Celeste until officially released from LSU and named in honor of Dr. O'Rourke.
- Tiger (sic)--A medium yellow fig in the trade as LSU Giant Celeste. The name given it by LSU is very unfortunate since there is another fig known as Tiger, but "officially named Panachee.
Dario...."HOLLIER - A superb cultivar of fine, rich flavor from the hybridizing efforts of Dr. Ed O'Rouke of Louisiana State University."
"Hollier Fig .......a Dr. Ed O’Rouke of Louisiana State University release.".
The point here is that what I see from Ag Center documents is six claimed figs by LSU and lots of shaky info on the internet.
Does anyone have any info from LSU with Hollier as an official release? The Ag center search function does not show any reference to a Hollier fig. So was it a trial fig called Hollier? By who?
I truly believe the best tasting LSU figs may not have been released due to other factors.
And the mystery of LSU figs will continue.....anyone growing a "Guilbeau"?