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Nerucciolo d'Elba is a small Italian fig originating from the island of Elba. It is my second-best fig right behind Verdino del Nord (VR). Those two are a clear step above any other fig I've ever grown. Why? They have some of the highest drying capabilities I have ever seen in a variety. With a very high brix content, no splitting, and very little cracking if any, they can and will dry on the tree here because they're almost indestructible in my humid climate.


What's also shocking about these two varieties is that it doesn't take long before you have a semi-dried fig. Only 6 or 7 days from swelling. That's unheard of. Not only that.. but they taste incredible. They're as good as it gets here. It's also hardy surviving my 6F low this winter. Elba is also early, productive, vigorous, and very easy to root. Lastly, Elba is a known heavy breba producer. This year I'll finally be experiencing breba on two of my in-ground trees.

Nerucciolo d'Elba 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.


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