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My Best Fig Varieties as of 2022

Updated: Dec 24, 2022

I want to preface this post with the criteria that these varieties are judged. You can find that post here:
In 2022, I have realized that a higher emphasis needs to be placed on the hang time or "susceptibility window." This is a critical characteristic that on its own can guarantee a successful and high fruit quality harvest. You'll note below that the majority of the varieties mentioned have a shorter than average hang time. Typically if they ripen earlier in my season, the hang time will be lower leading to a higher fruit quality, but varieties with a shorter hang time in August also have a shorter hang time in November again leading to a higher and more consistent fruit quality.

I am also deeply concerned with flavor and the best tasting varieties in this post are noted with an *. If I had to rank them, those varieties would probably receive a higher ranking because of their amazing taste qualities. However, the best tasting fig is the fig that ripens at the highest quality the most consistently. On any given day during fig season, I harvest many varieties at one time. The best tasting one is almost always the one that's the most ripe and at the highest quality.

I covered this blog post in video format. Check that out below:

I would also highly recommend reading prior lists that I've put together.

The best new varieties of 2022:
Unique and underrated varieties:
6 varieties that rose in the ranks in 2022:

In 2021, I put together a top 20 list in video format. You can find that below:

The best new varieties of 2021:
The top 8 figs of 2020:

And lastly the best tasting figs. These varieties are more suited for those of you in dry/hot places because performance is not as much of a concern. That blog post can be found here:

Lets begin and arrange them by ripening period:

Early

Azores Dark / Sicilian Dark / Malta Black
These are Hardy Chicago types and I think it's fitting that we start with these because Hardy Chicago along with Celeste is undoubtedly the baseline for growing high quality figs in a humid climate. Azores dark has been my favorite for years and I think I've learned partly why. The flavor definitely has something extra that the other Hardy Chicago types don't. It's some kind of earthiness/figgy flavor I think, but it's also a small fruit. Smaller figs do much better than larger ones in humid places. There's a smaller surface area for the rain to absorb into the skin and ruin the brix, but smaller fruits also dry and concentrate on the tree quicker and easier. Therefore you will have a higher quality and better tasting fruit more consistently. Sicilian Dark & Malta Black are similar in size and I think that's why I love eating them more than any of the others I've seriously evaluated so far.

Black Celeste / The One
Next up are the Celeste figs and again I think it's fitting that we start with these. They are the best figs for a humid climate. I didn't get to try many Black Celeste figs this season, but