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Heirloom Southern Variety. One of the best varieties of figs for the humid Southern States. Superb older variety, this one is an heirloom from Louisiana. It’s a large flat yellow fig with deep red flesh. Tight eye resists splitting and souring. Fruit are very sweet. Fruit ripen July-August. Zones 8B-10.
A superior, old fig cultivar that has been in the Becnel family for over 100 years. It is a big, flattened, yellow fig with brown shading. The color of the flesh is a deep red and it has a drop of honey at the eye. The quality of this exceptionally sweet fig is outstanding. It is considered “the best fig” by those who know and grow it in the parishes close to the mouth of the Mississippi river.
Smith. In terms of flavor, it is comparable only to Socorro Black (for me). It is not a sweet fig as there are figs with a sweeter profile. Smith is complex, rich and it has some subtle undertones that I cannot pinpoint – maybe someone who drinks wine will describe it better than I have. It is berry flavored with a slight acidity that makes it finish smoothly on the palate. This is different from Celeste and other sweet figs that have a sugary intense after taste, i.e., almost a sugar burn that beckons for salt or acid to balance it. In terms of texture, the seeds offer a texture that I prefer. It has a hollow interior and an eye that is not closed and will be a problem in heavy rains. And it is unlikely that this fig can actually concentrate its sugars like others with a closed or better protected eye.