Da Ponte offers a unique flavor and texture. The pulp is FILLED with fig syrup. I couldn't believe how much there was. I definitely recommend this fig variety if you're looking for something different or if you're in a dry place.
To be honest I can't say much more about this fig. I do know that it was a favorite of Francisco, a well-respected Portuguese grower many years ago on Figs4Fun.
This is what he said about it:
"Being a Common, this one will grow and ripe anywhere with no pollination restrictions. It requires long hot summers and being very tolerant on dry soils it is precisely on such conditions, that the fruits are best, sweeter, and most flavored
The question of the flavors and to tell a correct translation of what they are is not easy and I am no good at that.... but one thing I can assure you: these Quarteira fig flavors are unique. Hopefully one day you shall have the opportunity to try and come up with a precise assessment."
I wholeheartedly agree. It's a unique fig experience. He also claims that it's an old and popular variety. I can see why. The figs are large, the tree is productive and it's a great grower. The only fig I can think of that comes close is Dels Ermitans. A Spanish variety that's also filled with syrup, but that fig is more conducive to humid climates.
Da Ponte Cuttings (3 Cuttings Per Order)
Why choosing the right fig variety matters
Choosing the right fig variety can make all the difference in so many positive or even negative ways. A variety that is well suited to your climate and taste preferences will ensure that your getting the fig experience that you deserve.
It's heartbreaking when you put years of work into a tree to finally realize that it's just not suited to your location because it will rarely produce high quality figs and in some cases, may never produce fruit that's even edible!
Fig varieties are very location specific because they're so highly subjected to their environment while they're ripening. Unlike many other fruits, the fig can be destroyed in its final ripening stage. It's a soft fruit that can absorb water into its skin causing cracking, splitting, mold & fermentation all because the inside of the fruit gets exposed to the outside elements of nature.
An apple has a hard covering. A persimmon has a hard covering. Berries and other soft fleshed fruits are also susceptible to bad weather conditions, but they have a short window of time in which they're soft and ready to be picked. Figs can be soft hanging on the tree for 5, 10 or even 15 days!
How to choose the right fig variety for your climate
When choosing a fig variety, it's important to consider the climate in your area during the winter, summer and fall.
Some fig varieties are more tolerant of cold weather and others can be grown in climates that have mild summers because of their reliable breba production or their early main crop harvest period.
Others are better suited for humid climates because they don't need to hang as long on the tree and they have a skin that acts like a waterproof jacket. The water just slides right off.
Others are better suited to warmer climates and have the ability to taste incredible even in 100-110F temperatures.
If you want fig variety recommendations, read through the description of each fig variety carefully, or better yet, don't be afraid to contact me. In your message, include your growing zone, location, annual rainfall, and how you want to grow them.
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