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Results from a Local Fig Tasting | Over 20 Well Ripened Varieties

Updated: Sep 5, 2022

After inviting some local friends (some very experienced in the world of figs, others completely new) I was surprised to learn that there was no unanimous favorite.

Azores Dark

Campaniere

Hative d'Argenteuil

LSU Tiger

Sicilian Dark

And Moro de Caneva were all listed as individual favorites.


Having said that, even the new people to the world of figs agreed that the best tasting fig is the one that's more ripe than not. To aid in this, I picked some of the figs 3-5 days in advance, cut them open and placed them on a plate in the fridge skin side down. This allows them to dehydrate and concentrate their flavors a bit more in the fridge.



I want to thank my friend Romeo for bringing over some varieties to add to the tasting. I was particularly impressed by Naples Dark.


Let's talk about some of the varieties in detail:

Most said that eating Azores Dark was like eating a Marshmello. Not surprising to me, but another favorite Hardy Chicago type was Sicilian Dark. Under normal circumstances, it is not supposed to be a very tasty Hardy Chicago type fig, but because of my very dry soil where it is planted, the figs are top notch in quality. Sicilian Dark has a very fruit forward flavor when of a higher quality. Of the 7-8 Hardy Chicago types that we tasted, not many of them were at the perfect ripeness level, so a fair comparison could not be made. My opinion however still lies with Azores Dark as being the best tasting. Most agreed that it was better than Norella, which by my standard is one of the best Hardy Chicago types. Sicilian Dark was probably the favorite though and I do believe it just has an unfair advantage due to its much drier soil. Even Teramo, Florea and Campaniere from this same drier location are above the normal quality.


LSU Tiger was one talked about quite a bit as its chewy skin really stole the show. Moro de Caneva also had a bit of that chewy skin, but nothing like Tiger.


Risoulet has a very thick texture like a Coll de Dama.

My first Boscorosso had a acidic almost cherry like fruitiness.

Texas BA-1 was also one of the favorites being so similar to Smith. The same thing could be said about Ronde de Bordeaux. Another high ranking choice that tastes of plums.

Brocalet was enjoyed by those preferring a meatier texture. Although not as ripe as some, the potential was evident.


A lot could be said about more varieties, but the two that I think are a cut above the rest are Hative d'Argenteuil and Campaniere. Campaniere because of its dry soil, but the earthiness was quite special. It felt like I was eating the soil it came from. Hative was very sweet, layered with all kinds of sugar flavors, but it has an impressive berry flavor. To me just a cherry. If you took a fig, a cherry and blended that with caramel, that would spell Hative.


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thoma capo
thoma capo
Oct 03, 2022

I am Albanian, we grew up with figs. I managed to grow a turkey brown from a brach in Philly(outside), which took three years to fruit. Spoilage, birds, make it quite impossible to enjoy as soon as they start ripening it rains.I am a fanatic for figs I just bought a home with land in Huntingdon Valley I want to plant every variety you mentioned(top ten fig video) please help me man if you can spare branches I will pot them myself, if you want to get paid we can talk about it, they have to be able to grow outside. No matter how cold it gets my fig does not die anymore it developed that resistance, no coverage n…

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Gary Blidook
Gary Blidook
Sep 26, 2022

Hi, I have been growing my fig trees in Kelowna BC Canada for over 10 years, I now have a shelter for them and a fan and heater to get more spring and fall growing time. Most years they have died back to ground level, I am hoping to do better this year with the cover.

I have 2 bushes, one a grey turkey fig and the other a honey fig.

Can you tell me if these are the real names for them and what others I might attempt to grow in a region 5 climate.

We sometimes see -20 C.

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Ross the Fig BOSS
Ross the Fig BOSS
Sep 26, 2022
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Absolutely. Send me photos of your fruits.

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Larry Peninger
Larry Peninger
Sep 15, 2022

Wow!!!


That's a lot of figs!!! It really is hard to believe that many of the Chicago Hardy were at peak of taste. What do you think the contributing factors are? My trees are all first year so pruning will be my winter duties.

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Ross the Fig BOSS
Ross the Fig BOSS
Sep 19, 2022
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Most of the HC figs were not at peak ripeness, but Norella, Sicilian Dark and Azores Dark were. It's all about the dry weather and waiting as long as possible to pick them.

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Dean Pomerleau
Dean Pomerleau
Sep 05, 2022

Wow Ross,


What a great fig spread! I'm very jealous. I'm a big fan and have been bitten by the fig bug as a result of your videos and blog.


I have a suggestion and a question for you.


First, in this post and elsewhere you emphasize the importance of keeping soil pretty dry for optimal fruit quality. I know you had trouble with mosquitoes when you tried to use black plastic trash bags wrapped around the base of your trees to limit moisture. It worked, but it also had a problem - the trash bags allowed water to pool, giving the mosquitoes a nice breeding ground. Have you thought about using a different material rather than trash bags to…




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Ross the Fig BOSS
Ross the Fig BOSS
Sep 19, 2022
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Dean,

That's a great suggestion. I'm going to try this when I find time.

I think cordons are great. Limb bending is another fantastic alternative.

Varieties like Smith, Pastiliere and maybe even the Celeste and Black Celeste require full sun. Those would be my choices if sunlight is at a premium, but if I was going for flavor Smith and Hative are probably the best. VdN (VR) coming in third. Smith and Hative also are unifera, which make them better choices for cordons.

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