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  • Harvey's 3 N' Prato Fig

    There seems to be very little information on this fig, so I wanted to provide my experience with this fig so far.

    I purchased 3 N' Prato cuttings from Harvey in January 2020. According to Harvey's website, 3 N' Prato is an entirely different fig than Tres Num Prato / Tres Ao Prato, which he has classified as a separate fig (http://www.figaholics.com/cuttings.htm).

    The only record I can find of 3 N' Prato is Harvey's video on the variety here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEUCXtLxZtw

    According to what he says in his video, he alludes that this is a different fig than Tres Num Prato / Tres Ao Prato.

    In Spring/Summer 2020, my 3 N' Prato fig yielded a lot of figs, but every fig dropped. I concluded this may be a smyrna variety, but I always like giving a young tree a second chance, so I held onto it.

    This year (Spring/Summer 2021), the tree once again set many figs. Fearing it may be a smyrna, I manually hand-pollinated it via injection with caprifig pollen to see if it would hold the pollinated figs. Well, all of the hand-pollinated figs dropped, as well as the un-pollinated figs. Except one. It held onto ONE un-pollinated fig. Unfortunately, we have accumulated 6.41 inches of rain between August 1-August 7, and all this rain has completely destroyed almost all of my figs that are swelling, including the one 3 N' Prato. Therefore, I will be unable to try it. However, you can find pictures of it here:

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    Therefore, my current belief is that 3 N' Prato is a common fig that simply takes 2-3 years to hold onto any of its figs. That would put it in a similar category as figs like Celeste and Pastiliere that are persistent, but drop their younger crops for whatever reason. In short, I am going to keep this variety for another season and see how it does. Harvey's video showed a wonderfully syrupy fig, and the name implies this is a large fig. As you can see, it is absolutely gigantic. If it would have ripened in good weather, this could have been a 100g fig. If this fig tree decides to calm down next season and produce, it could have potential as a larger fig.
    Zone 8A Southeast NC Coast
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  • #2
    Nice work.... Impressive
    Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.


  • #3
    Thank you for the report. I look forward to hear more next season
    Angel #1 at 2 Angels Mushrooms & Figs-Chattanooga, TN Zone 7-B
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    • #4
      Thank you for posting the report on this variety. It is too bad about all the rain. Looking forward to next years report.
      SW TN 7B Wish list: Boysenberry Blush, Coll de Dama Mutante, Madeira Island Black, Cravens Craving, Malibu Greek and Fico Giallo. Any fig I can grow and Happy Days


      • #5
        Did Harvey list it as a smyrna type? Usually he's very good at indicating smyrna varieties so people buying the cuttings don't get a useless fig.
        East Coast, Zone 7a
        WL: Boysenberry Blush, CdDB, BNR


        • TheMillennialGardener
          TheMillennialGardener commented
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          Harvey has a lot of varieties that are unlisted. For example, I'm about positive after 2 years of 100% fruit drop and many verified reports from other users on here that "UCR 184-15 Strawberry Teardrop" is a smyrna, yet Harvey doesn't list it as a smyrna, and both FigVarieties and Fig Database list it as common. Harvey colonizes the wasp, so I don't think he can truly tell if a variety is common or smyrna. That's why I'm making this post - there are many varieties out there that aren't well-traded and don't have much or any info on them, or conflicting info.

      • #6
        Even Unk. Pastiliere will sometimes mysteriously ripen a fig. You need to see if it will hold onto most of a crop.
        [Figs] -- Eastern Missouri -- Zone 6


        • #7
          @The MillenialGardener

          The expressions mentioned above...

          3 N' Prato

          Tres Num Prato

          Tres Ao Prato

          are ALL pertaining to the same fig, a medium to large Common. skin colored with diff shades of green from Southern Portugal

          In recent times the Dept of Ag introduced a sufix -1- ..
          Tres Num Prato 1
          to differentiate it from

          Tres Num Prato 2
          a Black SMYRNA, apparently a sport of Castelhana Preta, which should not be confused with the Common fig.

          Here an old picture (2012) of a Tres Num Prato 1 from my defunct tree.
          Soils, fertigation, climate sun exposure and cultivation do intensely affect the morfologic main aspects of this fruit


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          • TheMillennialGardener
            TheMillennialGardener commented
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            According to Harvey in his video, he got his 3 N' Prato from Portugal, and it is not the same fig as Tres Num Prato / Tres Ao Prato. He said a lot of people call their figs that, so it could be their version of "Brown Turkey" where there are many different varieties with the same name. All it means is the fig is so large, 3 fill up a whole plate. His 3 N' Prato is not Tres Num Prato / Tres Ao Prato. You may want to watch his video where he alludes to this.

        • #8
          Well. It's been another year. I'm gonna try and search through your videos.


          • #9
            Ihave not much to add to what I said on above post (nr 7)

            But for all of you to get the latest Official informatio about our Southern fig varieties, here the pdf prepared by the Extension of the Min Ag dating from a couple of years ago with all known varieties (94) and a complete description for every single fruit.


            On pages 48 and 49 you see both TrĂªs Num Prato varietis, respectively nr 1 / Common< and nr 2 / Smyrna.