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NateTheGreat

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Caprified Figs
« on: August 24, 2020, 09:42:10 PM »
I have an unknown fig variety bearing for the first time this year. No breba crop, maybe due to late-season pruning last year. It's been producing a lot of small amber-fleshed figs with a purely sweet flavor. After eating about twenty I bit into one, and found bright red flesh. It tastes like a mix of strawberries and raspberries, with a bit of lemon. I ate a few more amber ones before I found a second red one. I am blown away, the taste is so much better! It's got a lot more jam inside too. Both of the red ones I found were on the same branch, on the south side of the tree. They were also a bit bigger than most of the amber ones, and now I notice some ripening ones that are bigger and more spherical than typical.

Is this caprification, and is this much difference typical? I'm amazed at how much better the red ones are.


Typical figs


Inside


Caprified?


Comparison with amber/uncaprified


Guessing these are caprified


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Re: Caprified Figs
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2020, 09:19:12 AM »
Interesting. I hate figs, but maybe I would like it if I tried it. :)
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Re: Caprified Figs
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2020, 04:16:09 PM »
Only Figs We can grow I know of -20 F. -28C is Chicago Fig.

I only know a little about The wasp thing in caprification
( polinating Figs, with dying inside while laying their eggs.)

Haven's spend to much time reading up on them.
I'd eat them though.

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Did you get these Off of Figbid (I kept thinking it was figsforus)
did you get them off of that? -

I think I read that wasp from Japan is In CA.
IS this correct ?

I do not know of that wasps range in America
Know much about it.

(doesn't matter to me , but I am not sure Jaboticaba or others could grow them.
The fresh figs in NEw Orleans OR great Wish I knew of more then one tree
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Re: Caprified Figs
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2020, 04:27:38 PM »
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(doesn't matter to me , but I am not sure Jaboticaba or others could grow them.

I meant that as a Question
I am really not sure ?

Just do not want anyone expecting to have fruit, and no wasp.

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Re: Caprified Figs
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2020, 05:26:54 PM »
I got it from Adam at Flying Fox Fruits. I had it labeled as Thai Dwarf mulberry, not sure if the mixup was mine or his, probably mine. It took me probably six months to realize this wasn't a mulberry :D. He sent me some fig cuttings too, but none I had labeled took. I didn't know they should be rooted in bags or water, but somehow this one took in soil in June. It grew extremely vigorously He sent Sbayi, VdB, and Improved Celeste, but he wasn't sure on the IDs. This somewhat resembles Improved Celeste, which is supposed to change a lot with caprification, but Improved Celeste usually has less leaf lobation, and the uncaprified fruits are a bit small to be Improved Celeste. Sbayi looks to have red flesh even without caprification.

I got a few cuttings off figbid, but none of them rooted whether in soil or in bags with moist vermiculite or perlite. Rot set in after a few months. You're probably thinking of figs4fun, an old(?) forum. The wasp is probably Blastophaga psenes, native to the Mediterranean, as is Ficus carica, with which it coevolved. There are some established populations in California. Basically where figs come up as weeds there are wasps. Figs produce one or both crops with or without pollination. Most named varieiteis are common type, which produce both breba and main crops either way.

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Re: Caprified Figs
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2020, 08:54:27 AM »
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(doesn't matter to me , but I am not sure Jaboticaba or others could grow them.
I grow figs and my friend who lives near me has over 30 varieties.

I meant that as a Question
I am really not sure ?

Just do not want anyone expecting to have fruit, and no wasp.
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Re: Caprified Figs
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2020, 12:58:36 PM »
There are some wasp colonies reported south of SF, near San Jose.  It does sound like you had a couple of caprified figs!  Congrats!  OurFigs.com is a good forum to read up about figs.
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Re: Caprified Figs
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2020, 09:19:46 AM »
Looking at the pictures that is Brown Turkey variety that is normal how FIGS ripening

 

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