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Old 10-11-2009, 03:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi guys! I'm looking for a fig tree. I ate one from a tree (it was green and about an inch) and it is one of the best fruits I ever had (second to bananas of course!) I want to know what is the sweetest tasting figs. Thanx! God Bless! BananaLee
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Default Re: The sweetest tasting figs?

I've had Celeste, Brown Turkey, and Italian White. Celeste had the sweetest taste but I like the flavor of the Italian White the best. My Italian White Fig also survived the 5F low this year even though it is little over a foot tall. It also bears tons of fruit and is a fast grower.
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Check out pitangadiego's website figs4fun.com/Varieties.html
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The BEST tasting figs are ones that are half dryed on three. Whan I compare our varietys smallest taste better.
U just have to imagine liquer made from figs
U cannot buy that in any store
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Hi guys! I'm looking for a fig tree. I ate one from a tree (it was green and about an inch) and it is one of the best fruits I ever had (second to bananas of course!) I want to know what is the sweetest tasting figs. Thanx! God Bless! BananaLee
Figs come in several different flavor categories. Discussing which is the "best" or the "sweetest" does not make sense if you don't like the flavor category its in!

Category - Examples

"Heavy Fig" - Mission, Violette de Bordeaux
"Strawberry" - Barnisotte aka Nero, Panachee
"Honey" - Deanna, Excel, Kadota aka Dottato
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A couple of my favorite 'white' (green) figs are Kadota, Honey, and Celestial.
These are all very sweet.
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Many green figs are in the "honey" flavor category, but a significant number of them are "strawberry" (subacid) flavor too.
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Here's a great reference chart that can help identify a few, but there's always good info at the CRFG database as well.
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The fig tree had pretty abundant fruit and the bark seemed kinda brownish colored in the shade. Do all ficus caricas' have the same look?
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I have a celeste fig tree. It produces small to medium sized fruits that are very sweet. They turn a deep red color upon ripening.

Here is a bad photo of my little tree:

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That's a very nice photo of your tree. The most common difference you can see by the naked eye is the foliage difference. Mission Figs have a very ornate and 'snowflake' style leaf, somewhat like a complex Aralia leaf, whereas my Kadota and White Genoa have a very full simple leaf that looks more like a Maple Leaf. The textures also vary, with a very rigid prickly texture to a soft, velvety texture.
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Definitely love white genoa as far as flavor is concerned, but they only hold up flavor-wise for me when they are right off of the tree, or immediately made into a white-wine based fig compote (zomg Albarino based was the best I've done yet!)

As far as foliage is concerned though, mission figs are beautiful and delicious when they have been dried in addition to being delicious fresh. It's leaves are what I think to be the classic look, and by far my favorite leaf style comes from the brunswick! What a cool leaf shape!
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Definitely love white genoa as far as flavor is concerned, but they only hold up flavor-wise for me when they are right off of the tree ...
That's my experience with most thin-skinned figs. The Janice-Kadota is one of my favorites, but I understand the taste is not so good in the humid deep South.
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That's my experience with most thin-skinned figs. The Janice-Kadota is one of my favorites, but I understand the taste is not so good in the humid deep South.
I believe there are only a handful recommended for planting here. Celeste, Brown Turkey, and LSU Purple are the first to come to mind. Im sure there are 4-5 others.

I recently purchased a small brown turkey fig from the local home depot. They looked terrible, so I offered to take a plant for $1. I repotted it and the little guy looks better, but I wonder if it actually is brown turkey given HD's notoriety for putting the wrong label on things.
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Try Violette de Bordeaux.
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Will do. I sent encanto farms an email.

Is it true that you shouldn't plant a fig tree near your home?

I ask because I read in a forum that a woman's fig tree damanged the foundation of her home... yet I've read on the UF website that you should plant them near a structure because "the roots penetrate beneath the structure where nematode populations are lower".
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Richard this is the one I got from you?



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Is it true that you shouldn't plant a fig tree near your home?
Species of the genus Ficus have invasive roots.

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Richard this is the one I got from you? ... White Genoa
Nope. It was probably Osborne Prolific.
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Jon at Encanto Farms informed me of the problem with shipping figs to Florida. I thought it was limited to Citrus, but apparently it's all fruits. It looks like no Violette de Bordeaux for me.

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