Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The "Italian Black" fig cultivar........

Here are a couple of pictures of my "Italian Black" fig.  Yes, it is a black Italian fig that goes by the name "Italian Black" fig.  That was the name given to it by the Becnel family and the name which you will find on its identification tag.  It is a Louisiana Italian heirloom fig. I took these pictures before it was ripe as we have many birds patrolling my yard for edible fruit. Hopefully, the birds will not find it before it fully ripens.

Note: My Italian Black fig tree and my Native Black fig tree both do not have fig mosaic virus FMV. That's because they both came from a Louisiana source and did not get infected by the trees from California. Fig trees infected with FMV are less cold hardy, slower growers, and produce less fruit than FMV free trees.


Italian Black fig
September 26, 2012
Italian Black fig
September 26, 2012
Italian Black fig
September 26, 2012
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Added the following on September 28, 2012


Here are a couple of pictures of the above Italian Black fig when it ripened today. The Italian Black is the fig on the right and the two figs on the left are Native Black figs for comparison purposes. The Italian Black fig is more round in shape and a bit smaller in size. It has a shorter neck.....no neck was on this particular fig. Native Blacks tend to be a bit more elongated and have a definite neck which is usually a deep burgundy color. 

This Italian Black fig was sweeter than the two Native Black figs that are shown. The flavors were very similar. The pulp texture of the Italian Black was more "pasty" than that of the Native Blacks. The Italian Black fig came from my tree which is now growing in a 5 gallon container. The Native Black figs came from my very large tree which is growing in the ground.

Italian Black fig on right
Two Native Black figs on the left
September 28, 2012

Italian Black fig on right
Native Black fig on the left
September 28, 2012






Dan
Semper Fi-cus

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

How close is this Italian Black to the Native Black in taste and leaf structure, also from the Becnel family?

King Fig said...

When that Italian Black fig pictured above ripens, I will try to take a picture with it sitting along side of a Native Black fig so y'all can see the difference between the two. It has been a few years since I have eaten an Italian Black fig. My first IB tree was winter killed and only recently replaced. The above fig is from my second tree

Dan

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I look forward to seeing the picture of the two side by side. And, your comments on the taste comparison.

Anonymous said...

Both figs look delicious. Thanks for the photos and the notes on the taste.