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Due to a naming error, I believe that this is synonymous with my favorite Hardy Chicago fig called Azores Dark.

I'm growing them side by side to find out if that's the case.


These are Hardy Chicago types and I think it's fitting that we start with these because Hardy Chicago along with Celeste is undoubtedly the baseline for growing high quality figs in a humid climate. Azores dark has been my favorite for years and I think I've learned partly why. The flavor definitely has something extra that the other Hardy Chicago types don't. It's some kind of earthiness/figgy flavor I think, but it's also a small fruit. Smaller figs do much better than larger ones in humid places. There's a smaller surface area for the rain to absorb into the skin and ruin the brix, but smaller fruits also dry and concentrate on the tree quicker and easier. Therefore you will have a higher quality and better tasting fruit more consistently. Sicilian Dark & Malta Black are similar in size and I think that's why I love eating them more than any of the others I've seriously evaluated so far.

Sao Miguel Roxo 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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