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Ronde de Bordeaux Fig | Comprehensive Variety Review

Updated: Jan 6, 2023

I've created a series of blog posts that contain comprehensive information on fig varieties that are what I could consider standards. There are 1000s of fig varieties in existence, but figs like Ronde de Bordeaux are usually easy to find, they're inexpensive and are a classic fig variety that you ought to know like the back of your hand. Check out the other blog posts on the other varieties I've covered in the variety directory here:

Origin: France
Categorization: Unifera
Taste grouping: Bordeaux Berry
Texture: Meaty ripening towards jammy
Size: Medium - Small
Ripening period: Very early
Rain resistance: High
Spoilage resistance: High
Shape: Round
Hang time: Average
Split resistance: Low
Climate preference: Well adapted
Hardiness: Above average
Growth habit: Spreading
Commercial potential? Yes
Light requirements: Slightly below average
Productivity: Slightly above average
Taste rating: 4.6/5


Ronde de Bordeaux by many accounts is an overall top tier fig variety. Sometimes it doesn't get enough love though because it's easy to find and therefore is usually inexpensive, but all serious collectors know its true value. It originates from France and translates to Round of Bordeaux. I imagine that it has been growing in the Bordeaux region and other areas of France for quite some time. France and particularly the Bordeaux region really care about their fruits. It's only common sense to think that a fig variety coming from a place like that would be a winner. Now you can find it all over the world. Even growing commercially in Africa.


What I really like about RdB other than having the majority of the great qualities you look for in a fig variety is that is has good shriveling capabilities as shown in the two photos above. That's different in my view to drying capabilities because it's a bit more difficult to dry on the tree than varieties that I would consider figs great for drying, but if you really like your figs ripe and flavorful, it can gain a shriveled and semi-dried appearance on the tree consistently due to its superior spoilage resistance. Even after splitting, which it frequently can do due to its round shape. When semi-dried like this, it's like eating candy. It's an explosion of flavor and sweetness in your mouth that's usually quite jammy and thick by this point making it a 4.5/5 on my scale. It does tastes wonderful when picked early, but for my money, I would choose others over RdB at that stage. When picked early I'd give it a 3.5/5. Certainly though one of the best overall fig varieties and deserving of a spot in every serious fig collectors' yard.

Check out my recent video on Ronde de Bordeaux on my YouTube channel:




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mthannigan
mthannigan
02 août 2021

I found this fig growing (as a volunteer) in gravel in a parking lot median 2-3 years ago . It's about 8' x 8' now. I picked my first ripe fruit today and it looks like it might be related to the Ronde de Bordeaux variety. The flavor has notes of berry and red wine, very complex. What do you think?





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mthannigan
mthannigan
02 août 2021
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@aliciasv me and my trust shovel! 😂

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Adam Storm
Adam Storm
06 juin 2021

Hey Ross, I've been following your channel and have gotten just 2 varieties so far a Negronne Fig and a Little Miss Figgy which is a dwarf type. One of the Negronne came with a fig on it and I'm hoping it will ripen before October so I can taste it. I'm in the northern Willamette Valley in Oregon, PNW. Thanks for all your insight and if you're ever in the area be sure to come by my farm and I'll show you around.

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Sal Orlando
Sal Orlando
11 mai 2021

Thanks Ross for all you do for fig growers everywhere. I'm growing Smith, Violette de bordeaux, CDDB, and I-258 because of your reviews. Thx again.

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Ross, I look forward to this series. For us newbies, there is such a dizzying variety of figs available that it’s hard to know where to start.

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larrypeninger
larrypeninger
04 mai 2021
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I purchased my first cuttings on fig bid and think I went crazy. I had so many rooting at the same time I lost more than I would like to admit. But to your question that is what I did I purchased several of the cheaper cuttings and went to town. It necessarily buying the highly collected figs.

But I do need to set aside a space where I can adequately root perhaps a rolling shelf. I can attach lights to it and control where the water goes.

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larrypeninger
larrypeninger
04 mai 2021

On a propagation scale how this one rate on ease of propagation? I purchased from an online site and received a cutting I guess as a substitute. However the cutting failed for me. I am not sure if the cutting failed on my part or it was bad. I am an amateur at both figs and propagation so I attribute it to my methods.

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Not sure what Ross would have to say about this but make sure you get your cuttings from reputable sources. I’m a newbie, too, and have been fortunate to find reputable resources like Ross last year just as I was starting out. FigBid is a well monitored site and sellers there are pretty trustworthy. There are other reputable sellers independent of that site. However, stay away from eBay or Etsy. The seller might be fine but might not. Personally, I like to get three cuttings because there is always the possibility that it doesn’t sprout, or it sprouts but succumbs to disease, or it doesn’t survive transplanting. If all three survive, then I will have an abundance either for myself…

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