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Ronde de Bordeaux (RdB) 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.


RdB originates from France and translates to Round of Bordeaux where it has been growing in the Bordeaux region and other areas of France for many years. France and particularly the Bordeaux region really care about their fruits. It's common sense to think that a fig variety coming from a place like that would have good taste qualities. Believe it or not, because of its recent popularity, you can find it growing all over the world. It's even being cultivated 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 drying capabilities. It doesn't take long for them to be semi-dried on the tree and in this state, it's like eating Ronde de Bordeaux candy. It's an explosion of flavor and sweetness in your mouth that's usually quite jammy and thickly textured. They taste like plums at this stage of ripening!


It does tastes wonderful when picked early, which can hide its poor performance in humid conditions. However, Ronde de Bordeaux is certainly one of the best overall fig varieties and deserving of a spot in every serious fig collectors' yard.

Ronde de Bordeaux Fig 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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