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This fig was originally introduced by Figaholics. "Great Black is another fig from Greece introduced by our friend Andreas. The fruits shown in the video were the first from our tree and they didn't turn black for us, though that might be due to shading in our crowded growing conditions at this spot. The fruits are small to medium size with a dark red pulp and very nice flavor with moderate berry intensity and moderately sweet. The pulp was interesting, a blend of being syrupy yet sticky. May be a smyrna type based on reports from some growers."


Based on my hand pollination experiences in 2023, I can confirm that this fig is a smyrna. I can also confirm that it has a unique pulp texture that I am very curious about. It's originally why I decided to trial it from Figaholics. Unfortunately, it doesn't perform well in my climate due to its shape and long hang time. Someone in a dry place or someone with the wasp nearby in California should grow this variety. It's definitely unique and worth considering. If I were in a drier place, I wouldn't be letting this tree go.

Great Black 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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