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Dieseler

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What is your favorite tasting fig. Just based on your taste not the growing habits or production .Im just curious, oh please if you don't mind state the color of it when ripe.Thanks in advance.
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Right now it is my ELANA fig -- Big, juicy & perfectly sweet. Dark colour skin & red inside.  Followed by Latarrula and Negronne. My Enrico or Vizenzo may be just as great as the Elana. Would know how good these 2 are by next month.
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Among the best tasting figs I've eaten are:
Dark figs:Dark portuguese, Vista mission.
white figs:Naples white, Brooklyn white.

I have some supposibly great tasting varieties that didn't bear yet for me.
Let me tell you that figs flavor varies by localities. When I was in Lebanon and Syria some figs I tried were super, but I bet if I would grow the same tree here the taste wouldn't be as great that if the tree does well.

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Dieseler,

There was a similar thread recently, that may interest you, see:

Choice of top 12 figs

http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/figs4funforum/vpost?id=2613651

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Tough, tough question. Black Madeira (but needs long, long season). White Greek (slower grower, light crop). Falls Gold (need to test its brix, but it has to be near the top of any fig). Still love Celeste and Black Mission when fully ripened.


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Gorgi,
thanks so much for that link i enjoyed reading both pages. It gets me going as i cannot wait for mine to ripe. Also it gives me a sense of direction on what type i'm looking for as well for the most part.
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I think LSU Purple was at the top, and Zidi right with it. I tried what someone said was a black madeira and found it chalky. That was very late in the season though.


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This is very hard to do, that is, to list my favorite fig as I have so many that are favorites. Some are Kadota, LSU Purple, LSU Gold, Alma, Celeste, Hollier, King, Grantham's Royal, LSU Improved Celeste(O'Rourke), LSU Giant Celeste(Tiger), LSU Golden Celeste(Champagne), Bianchi, Flanders, Smith, & LSU Everbearing. These are some of my favorites but there are many more in my collection of 91 varieties. Many of these are 20-25 years old,but I have many that are just beginning to come into good production. All of mine are in the ground and thrive in the long hot summers with high humidity at times. I'm in NC but only a few miles from the SC state.

Incidentally, I have read many posts on Celeste dropping figs. This has never been a problem for me as I keep them mulched heavy and provide adequate moisture especially during the 95-100F temps when they are sized up and approaching ripening time.
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Dan:Good Report,I would like to aditionally know if they were breba or main crop.
I did have one breba last year from mine ,and it was large with open eye,and average to good tasting.

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Herman, did you over winter Mr. Robin"s Sicilian Black fig in the grown?  Do you know how hardy this fig tree is?

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Thanks Dan!
Vern:With a leaf bag in Top,it went trough winter(10F),wiyhout Damage.


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Thanks Herman

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Last summer I picked some Magnolia figs (with the owner's permission) that had been drying on the tree.  Delicious!

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I'm glad you bumped this old thread cbalducc.
This is the very thing I have been wondering about. Actually mine was more along the lines of everyone's top 10 favorite figs.

But it looks like that's been done at this thread:  http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=2613651

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I have to remind how different is the concept of "good taste" from one person to other. For example I frequently see LSU Gold in the first positions of taste ranks. In my opinion, LSU Gold is very sweet, but a vulgar fig regarding taste, is like a sugar cube, very sweet but plain taste, without other nuances.

I am not saying that somebody who likes LSU Gold is wrong! but how personal is taste.

Taking into account all the above, out of all varieties I have tasted, my favorite fig is, by far, Coll de Dama, followed by Negronne, Ronde de Bordeaux and my unknown variety.


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You're right about LSU Gold it's very sweet but tend to have watery flavor.
Negronne and ronde de bordeaux are excellent tasting, Negronne has a thick skin, but ronde de bordeux skin is very thin.


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I agree with Axier favorite tasting figs will vary from person to person as we all have different taste buds some like it very sweet others rich I like a nice blend of both. I was lucky enough to sample a coll de dama this summer and was lost for words 2 other figs that I absolutely love are Verte & Ventura yet nobody really mentions those 2.


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The good thing about a thread like this is, it gives us newbies someplace to start.

Granted we all have different taste buds. But there are SOO many fig varieties to choose from, discussions like this helps us to narrow down some possible new vars to choose from.

I'm already adding Ronde de Bordeaux to my wish list and will hopefully have Col de Dame this year. BTW, is Col de Dama the same as Col de Dame?

I've never tasted LSU Gold but if it has a high sugar content it might make a nice fig wine. You could even throw in some favorful dark figs to add color and flavor :-) .  

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I'm already adding Ronde de Bordeaux to my wish list and will hopefully have Col de Dame this year. BTW, is Col de Dama the same as Col de Dame?


Coll de Dama = Col de Dame = Cuello de Dama

It is an excellent fig but it is very late, it needs a lot of sun and warm temperatures to ripen well, don't forget it if you want to grow it.

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I enjoyed seeing what people's faves are.  I haven't been growing long enough to have tried a bunch of different types...  But love black mission figs among the ones I have tried!  Thanks to the generosity of some members I will hope to try some on my small trees this year! :)

Love figs!
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My vote goes to VDB all ripe figs are very good.  Celeste are hit or miss.  Some are very good others not so much.  Can't figure out how the same tree can have such a wide spectrum of flavor.

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Thanks for the clarification Ax. Did you get my PM?


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My taste buds tell me there are a few broad groupings based on fig "TASTE":

1) The Celeste types .....Celeste, Improved Celeste, O'Rourke, Southern Brown Turkey, English Brown Turkey

2) The Mission types.......Black Mission, Violette De Bordeaux, Native Black, LSU Scott's Black

3) The Honey types......LSU Golden Celeste, Italian Honey, LSU Gold, Jack Lily, White Triana, Atreano, Florentine

4) The Black types.......Hardy Chicago, Sals, Sicilian Black, LSU Purple, Black Triana, Black Italian, Marseilles VS, Dark Portuguese, Gino's

5) The Adriatic types.......Smith, Dalmatie, Battaglia Green, Adriatic, JH Adriatc, Green Greek, Strawberry, Monstreuse
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IMO Everyone should have one from each taste grouping.

Col De Dame White....is hands down the best tasting fig in my collection. My in ground tree is VERY rain tolerant and my climate can ripen this fig to perfection.

Bourjosotte Gris runs a close second for taste.....it has a very strong strawberry flavor. Its productivity is still in question. It too is a LATE season fig.

Smith is often to die for good. It is a very well flavored, rain tolerant fig. As more growers taste this truly outstanding fig....you will hear them raving about its flavor.

IMO....Violette De Bordeaux is a MUST HAVE fig as it tastes so good and does well in most Climates.

Next for "taste" alone....would be a Louisiana heirloom Celeste fig that I found this past summer. I was in fig heaven for an hour as I ate some figs from the mother tree.  Celeste figs can be to die for good.
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IMO, other factors should go into cultivar selection besides "TASTE" (flavor) alone. Ripening times, number of crops, productivity, rain tolerance, bug resistance, skin quality, sweetness, pulp consistency, fruit drop, size of tree, cold hardiness......etc. should also be taken into consideration.

When ALL of the above factors are considered, I highly recommend Joe Morle's White Triana to my neighbors. I am very pleased with the performance of that fig in my yard.

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Thank you for that Dan. This will aid me greatly in refining my list. I've seen you mention White Triana before with high regard. That one may be within my grasp so I may be able to mark it off my list this season.

My plan is slowly coming together. Woo Hoo!

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Martin,
You should asked this question few days before I placed order on cuttings .
My order list would been at least twice longer :) 

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Hi Remis,
i know but then there is something to look forward to in future  !    ; )
My favorite has changed since that post started 2 and 1/2 years ago.
Im sure it will in future again as some of the others i have start to mature.
Now for all this snow to melt and the eventual arrival of spring.
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In just a week or two, the Purple Martins will be arriving in my yard. The males come first to inspect the bird houses that I have set up for them. They arrive several days before the females arrive.  At dusk, the male Martins will be flying up high in the sky and sending out his special chirps to attract his mate. When he finds his female, they do a little dancing flight over their new home. They are some noisy little birds; but. are real fun to watch as they raise their family. They are real good at keeping the bug population down.

Yep, when the Purple Martins arrive in my yard..........that is my Que to fertilize my in ground fig trees. Their buds should be opening up real soon here in South Louisiana.

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Hey Dan if you dont mind me asking whats your source for the Bourjosotte Gris? A few members that have grown this fig told me they had high fruit drop and read yours does not.


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I have had many fig trees and have many fig trees.
But have not been fortunate enough to taste many of them, Just some.

If I were to pic only one of my favorite tasting figs I've grown myself would have to be the Melanzana Merdascola ( where's Maggie, LOL ).

Was a little over ripe but sure tasted good. Had a little hint of creme to it.

I winner in my little fig book.

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Rafed I am certain MM is Longue d'Aout. Also, overhere it is known as Slocan. It is a very nice tasting fig. Definite keeper & hardy in my zone. Its grown outside, in-ground. I have both MM & Slocan and they have fruited for me, ripening at the same time for comparison. Sometime in Nov or Dec last year, Leon had a thread on MM where I mentioned my good friend MB had id Slocan as Longue d'Aout.

Its getting very challenging for me to say what is my favourite fig as there are so many high quality figs plus some years they don't do so well and so years they are exceptional. Also, I don't get to eat as many as my son & wife. Hence every good one I am spared counts. I am looking forward to this season as many of my newer figs from last season would be allowed to have figs. My wife & son current preferences are towards the smaller dark coloured figs.
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Nelson,

My BG came from a trade that I made several years ago with a very generous fig collector. That person is a member of both fig forums and can ID himself if he so chooses. He has not posted any info on BG that I am aware of.

I am well aware that others (Gene and I think Leon) had experienced fruit drop with this cultivar and I always expected to see the fruit fall from my tree.  However, they did fully ripen and were very good tasting for the last two seasons.  They ripen rather late in the season and last year they barely had enough heat when they were ripening here is South Louisiana. In my area, the climate is usually sufficiently long and hot enough to ripen any fig.

My tree is planted in the ground....maybe that makes a difference regarding fruit drop. BG does want to grow into a large tree and may not fruit well in pots because of that property.

BG is a VERY good tasting fig.......but, like I've  said, its productivity is still in question.  My tree is a good 7 feet tall and has not produced near the amount of figs that many of my other cultivars routinely produce. I will definitely keep it in my collection for a few more years of study because I am searching for some good tasting LATE SEASON figs for my growing area. Our fig growing season starts in early June and can extend into late November. My goal is to find the best performing cultivars that are rain tolerant and cultivars that ripen over my long extended season. A five to 6 month fig season can be had in South Louisiana....if you know what varieties to plant. My hobby is trialing many cultivars and finding the right ones. 

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Quote:
If I were to pic only one of my favorite tasting figs I've grown myself would have to be the Melanzana Merdascola ( where's Maggie, LOL ).


As Paully says, and Leon proved, it seems MM and Longue d'Aout are the same variety.

It is one of my top varieties, and one of the best tasting figs I have tasted.
It is mentioned in French fig books (P. Baud, Vidaud,..) like a must have variety, however, regarding taste, it frequently is undervalued (for example Condit).
I think it is very undue. The breva crop is not good quality, but the main crop is excellent.

By the way, Condit's book is excellent but I rarely agree with him about his taste ranks.

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Hi Paully,
just wondering where you got your MM, as I have recieved a few cuttings from a forum member, who got his from Adriano.
 slow to root but seem to be doing OK. Just wondering if they would be the same as yours.

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Dan_la...

Thank you for the listing of types.  I can't recall seeing that particular list before.  It seems I am missing one type entirely.  (lol)

Strangely you list Col De Dame as your favorite, but don't mention it in your 5 types listing....so what is it?

Care to highlight your favorite in each of your 5 types too?  (I know my climate being much different from yours means they'll likely end up being different, but I'm still curious)

Thanks

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My Favorite tasting fig of all time was Maltese Falcon,from Malta from George M.
Too bad,this cultivar is not very easy to grow in my cold climate conditions,but I managed to get a dozen of ripe fruits a couple of years ago.
This year I protected it much better and expect to have a large harvest next Sommer.
Here is a pix of my Maltese Falcon fruits!

Axier:I do agree, I Condit taste finding is not what I find.
I think his goal was to find cultivars ,for industrial comercial use ,and not to find exceptional tasting cultivars.

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Grant  --  My MM source is Adriano. I got it as a tree. I have taken cuttings and they have rooted with little problems and grew well. Axier
is correct that this fig(Longue d'Aout) deserves more attention. It does taste better than many, many figs. Its breba is huge. I have pictures(breba & main crop)
of them but I need help to have them posted.

Maltese Falcon seems to like the climate here. My tree is from GM(thanks) and it grew and branch out very well. I am giving it lots of TLC after seeing it had a score of 10 in taste test. Hence I hope this year it will be a bearer of good news.

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Herman, since the Maltese Falcon fig is to late for us growers farther north, what would be a good cold hardy substitute that would come close to the Maltese Falcon in taste??????????????

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Robert:You are getting it wrong about Maltese Falcon:
It is not late to ripe,for our conditions.
It dies to ground too easy,and so that is why is late.
If one manage to protect it in such a way that it will be in one piece in the Spring,with no branches or buds Damage,then it will be ripe in July(breba),and August Main crop.
That is what I am doing now,by overprotecting it.
When it dies down,it will be late to ripe next year because ,it must grow up again,past middle of Sommer, and then fruit,in wich case they will not get ripe.
This is what has Happened to my inground tree for the last 2 years,but this next year because of my extrafrost protection,I have high hopes,it will come out in one piece and fruit normal.
One other way to achive the same good result will be if it is kept in a large ,15 gallon pot,and bring it in a sheltered place to winter safe from the extreme cold.
But personally with my 4 fused vertebraes,in my lower back,and spur bones in my both shoulder,+son with no interest in fruits growing,I just can't transport it in and out my Garage. However I have a Desert king I ,somehow managed to pull in my Garage,but it was not easy.


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Paul and Axier,

I was given some Long D'aout cuttings recently by a member.
I will compare it with the MM when the time comes.

It's all up to nature now.
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Thanks for the info Paully22,
seems I have something wonderful to look forward to.
and if all my cuttings make to tree size, I can put them all in a row and call each one by a different name. :-0

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This is my best tasting fig for me here in Michigan.Ripens around August 15th this fig is from Italy.Sometimes has breba figs  awesome tasting fig with lots of berry flavor you have to let it ripen though all the way and not pull them early.The guy who gave it to me gave it the name St.Rita because it is from a town called Cascia where the Saint was from.Cuttings will always be free if intrested.My tree is clipped pretty good so there won't be any cuttings available till next fall.I have shared with a few members already hopefully if they succeed with the cuttings they will share with everyone.Thanks and God Bless you all.
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Sorry reposting pictures.My good friend Rafed showed me how.

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This fig also does well for me in Mich.It is Conadria from Paradise Nursery that shut down.Awesome fig.I do pinch back like Herman says to and get so many figs every year here are a few pictures.
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Here's my fat butt eating a plate of Conadrias lol.
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My Peters Honey another winner for me very sweet and delicious.
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Sorry for the huge pictures did'nt mean to scare anyone.I'm just getting so excited next week were getting a few 40 degree days and it's getting me into the fig season.I know it's early lol.
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The dark figs look nice . Keep posting the dark ones !  ; )
Its nice to see a persons face also.
Thanks for the pictures.
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Thanks for the photos Rob, The St. Rita sounds and looks like a really good fig.


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Your welcome guys.Thanks for your intrest.
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