Dalmatie - Variety Review

Origin: Unknown

Categorization: Bifere

Similar varieties: Stella, Makedonian White, San Pietro, Staten Island Bomb, Vasilika Sika (BC), White Greek, Leon's Montenegro, Gayet, Marot, Henderson Green

Taste grouping: Elegant Berry Texture: Jammy

Size: Large

Ripening period: Mid season

Vigor: High

Rain resistance: High

Split Resistance: High

Shape: Ovoidal

Hang time: Average

Climate preference: Well adapted

Hardiness: High

Taste rating: 4.7/5

Light requirements: Above average

Productivity: High

Dalmatie is another standard variety worth knowing about if you're a serious fig hobbyist. It's one of the classics. The origin of Dalmatie is unknown to me, but I think a lot of growers would probably agree that the French are responsible for making this fig popular in Europe.

It's a very large, green skinned, red interior fig that people often mistake for an Adriatic type fig. I know I did when I first got into growing figs. Just because it has green skin and a red interior, doesn't mean that they all will taste like an intense alpine strawberry or an intense raspberry. Although Dalmatie does share a similar-ish flavor, it's just not the same and in many grower's opinions, I doubt they would classify it as such. An Adriatic type fig, which I've yet to cover on this blog is a fig simply put, is very similar to the Adriatic fig that was grown commercially in California many years ago. It goes by many names since as many commercial figs inevitably do. It's much smaller and flat in shape. The only resemblance is really in the skin and pulp colors, so beware! Dalmatie seems to have a much sweet nectar filled pulp than the dense and sticky pulp of an Adriatic. While thickly textured, the nectar of Dalmatie is quite the surprise making it in my opinion an exquisite eating experience. Like a Black Madeira almost. It's very sweet, but also very thick.

What's shocking though about Dalmatie is its flavor in relation to its size. I can't think of a fig as large as Dalmatie that tastes nearly as good. In fact the brebas can be as large as 200 grams or more. Usually in humid climates, the larger the fig is, the worse it tastes. At least that's what I used to think. A lot of it in actuality has to do with the shape and Dalmatie has the perfect oval or ovoidal shape for a humid climate. It doesn't split easily and if it does, it's not major. Overall it's just a very well adapted, large and tasty fig. Can't ask for more to be honest.

Gayet as photographed below is a Dalmatie type fig that I was hoping would be smaller in size and a bit more slender in shape. This could make it a bit of a better choice over Dalmatie in humid places. So far that's not the case. The tree did not produce as much fruit as I would have expected and therefore a lot of energy was directed into 4 fruits. They were all massive. ~150ish grams.

Not a ton to say about Gayet yet. I'm sure it's quite hardy like Dalmatie, it produces breba and overall is of a large size. I was very surprised to learn that the pulp is exquisite. That nectar in the void is extremely good and that gives it a super thick texture.

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