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  • Ischia Black: First Fig for 2021

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ID:	1026073 Well, it was a few days earlier than expected, but I picked my first fig for 2021. Ischia Black. It is off of a first year tree. It was developing nicely, but then we had some torrential downpours today and when I got home I checked it and it had split. I think I read some posts about Ischia Black being prone to splitting and I believe it. Even though I think it was early, there was no sap when I picked it. Anyway, I think the double organza bags probably saved it from the bugs and critters. I need to get a scale, so I wasn’t able to weigh it. Overall, the taste seemed a bit bland, probably understandable being first year, under ripe and over watered from the rain. But I have to say it was still pretty good. Slight berry flavor, very slight seed crunch. There is one more fig still hanging, so hopefully that one can ripen further. And I’m really looking forward to next year when the tree is more mature. I think this is a keeper!

    So, first review...hopefully I’ll get better at that also.

    And next up will probably be Battaglia Green.

    Randy
    Northeastern TN. Zone 6b/7a. WL: Rigato de Salento, Thermalito, BNR

  • #2
    Wow, format, ordering and picture quality can definitely get better. I plead newbie status and still learning...even how to post reviews! 😜
    Randy
    Northeastern TN. Zone 6b/7a. WL: Rigato de Salento, Thermalito, BNR

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    • #3
      I don’t even know how you formatted it that way, lol.

      looks like it’s going to be a keeper for you as long as it doesn’t split to much.

      Whenever I pick a fig to early, I just blame it on my kids😉

      Round Rock, TX 8b
      WL: Delicious figs

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      • RandyK
        RandyK commented
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        You know, I didn’t think about that. If they always split and won’t fully ripen, that won’t work. I guess I’ll have to be patient and wait and see.

        I like your idea of blaming it on the kids! Or I could throw in the dogs and cats too!

        I see you’re in Round Rock. I lived in Georgetown for 12 years before moving to Tennessee. Worked in north Austin and then in Round Rock. Great area!

      • Halligan-
        Halligan- commented
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        Small world!!! Yep, I work over in Cedar Park.

        We just moved from Washington state at the end of January. We love it so far👍🏻

    • #4
      If you can cover the top of the pot than it will help. Well ripen Black Ischia UCD can be almost same level as BM!

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      • RandyK
        RandyK commented
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        Thanks! I will need to try that!

    • #5
      I had these split big as well. But other than the split, it seems to be a keeper.
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      • #6
        Wow! That looks great. Looks much more ripe than the one I had,
        Randy
        Northeastern TN. Zone 6b/7a. WL: Rigato de Salento, Thermalito, BNR

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        • #7
          My little 1st leaf tree produced one 14g fig. It was utterly forgettable.
          [Figs] -- Eastern Missouri -- Zone 6

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