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In 2019, I was able to enjoy some very high-quality Dels Ermitans figs. At the time, I noted it as one of the best late figs I had trialed for its short hang time and exceptional eating experience similar to Black Madeira. After the 2019-2020 winter, I realized that my tree had died after planting it in the ground. Finally, I was able to recover this variety and offer it again to the public. 


Growth Characteristics


  • Season Length: Dels Ermitans is considered a late variety.
  • Ripening Time: The hang time for ripening is relatively short, approximately six to seven days from the initial swelling to full ripeness. This short hang time is advantageous as it reduces the window for potential issues such as rain damage or pest attacks. It's also split resistant making it a better choice where rain is common during the fall ripening season.

Fruit Quality


  • Appearance: The fruit is extremely syrupy with an abundance of fig honey or nectar, similar to the esteemed Black Madeira variety but with green skin.
  • Flavor: The fig boasts a rich berry flavor combined with significant sweetness due to the high honey content.
  • Comparison to Black Madeira: Ross notes that while Dels Ermitans has similar qualities to Black Madeira, it may ripen slightly earlier, providing an edge for growers looking to extend their fresh fig season.

Dels Ermitans Fig Tree

  • 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.


    To read more about choosing the right fig variety, click here:

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