Verdino del Nord (Tatiana) is an Adriatic fig that's productive, produces high-quality breba, and typically has a longer neck and smaller size than other Adriatic figs. Do not mistake this fig for Verdino del Nord (VR) or Figoin.
It's one of the primary fig varieties that played a pivotal role in California's commercial fig cultivation, standing alongside the Black Mission variety. In Italy, where it's widely cultivated, it's recognized as Verdino. During my 2023 visit to Tuscany, the prominence of the Verdino tree in local homes was underscored by commercial grower Siro Petracchi, who mentioned that there was a time when almost every household had one.
One of the significant attributes that give the Adriatic fig its commercial edge is its delightful taste, even when not fully ripe. This characteristic is beneficial as many figs are often harvested before peak ripeness. This is especially useful for home growers who might struggle to identify the optimal ripening period.
Over the years, the Adriatic fig has been renamed multiple times, leading to its widespread recognition and, consequently, numerous synonymous names. For clarity and simplicity, passionate fig enthusiasts typically group these variants under the 'Adriatic' category. To illustrate the extent of its variations, there are over 25 different fig varieties that can be equated with the original White Adriatic.
Though these varieties might have the same genetic base, there can be discernible differences, attributed to epigenetic shifts and mutations. An authentic Adriatic fig should embody the defining characteristics of the original White Adriatic. Key identifying features include its green exterior skin and a rich, deep-red pulp that offers strawberry and raspberry flavors. However, it's crucial to note that not all figs with green skin and red interior are genuine Adriatics. It’s not solely about the colors.
Verdino del Nord (Tatiana) 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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