Black Portuguese #155 is a fig that I saw on a Figs4Fun thread many years ago. Scroll down and you'll see Gorgi mentioning it here: http://figs4funforum.arghchive.com/p...and-NY-5484511 - With his excitement for it.. I thought, what a great fig to try and find.
After meeting Peter Cundari at my first Staten Island fig festival, I interviewed him and I also decided to ask him about this particular fig. Being the go to guy for all Belleclare related things, I figured he would know best. To my surprise he told me that he has the variety and that his Mother tree is very old and needs a fresh start. He told me that it's similar to Preto and that he would send me some cuttings, but they are the only cuttings that he has left and it would be up to me to save the variety. That spring I messaged Peter and he was elated to find out that I grafted a tree for myself and rooted one for Peter. The next Staten Island Fest, I repaid his kindness with a replacement tree.
It's definitely a fig that's similar to Black Madeira. How similar? I can't say for sure yet, but a fig worth growing that I'm surprised more people haven't taken an interest in. It's truly a hidden gem in the fig world and a true almost lost Belleclare fig that can't even be found on their last list (#155).
Anyway.. this is the kind of thing I enjoy the most about figs at this point in the hobby. Finding hidden gems. If anyone has a interesting story about their fig, please share it if you haven't already. Or maybe someone needs to identify a variety? Happy to help or spread around something you think is your own hidden gem.