People were very helpful in identifying the first mystery fig I posted as being almost certainly Celeste, so I’m back with another unidentified fig variety. My temporary name for this one is “Big Red”, because it has some of the largest fruits I’ve seen on a fig tree in this area (most of our local figs are smaller fruited types here in North Florida).
Fruits are colored red inside and out, with a distinctive soft, melting texture that I call a melt-in-your-mouth-fig. None of the other local figs I’ve tasted have a texture quite like this one.
Fruits have an open eye, or ostiole. Despite this, they seem to ripen their fruits well in our rainy summers without losing many figs to souring.
Last year (2017) the fruits ripened in September, this year it was July. I haven’t seen the trees make any breba figs, only main crop.
The fig trees of this variety have a distinctive open growth habit, in contrast to the compact, bushy growth of ‘Celeste’.
This is another one that is in my neighbor’s collection of fruit trees – he was given fig plants from friends who assured him they make really good fruit (which they do) but unfortunately the name didn’t follow along with the fig propagation.
I’m working on propagating this excellent variety, and I’d like to figure out its proper name before I distribute any, so I don’t add to the confusing jumble of fig names by distributing plants under a temporary name.
If you have any thoughts on what the actual name is for this excellent fig variety, please leave a comment. Thank you!