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  • As ugly as sin, but.... Smith

    I harvested my first dead-ripe Smith fig today. As ugly as everyone says they are (sorry...no pics... but believe me..uuuuugggggglllyyyy).

    But what a rich, multidimensional and utterly fantastic eating fig. If you live in the South, you really, really need one of these. Really.
    Last edited by Gina; 07-22-2015, 10:12 PM. Reason: Add 'Smith' to the title of the thread

  • #2
    None of us believe you without pictures.
    Bob C.
    Kansas City, MO Z6

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  • #3
    I need one of those.....
    sounds ugly

    Doug

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    • #4
      You know, I have exactly one spot to put a fig in the ground rather than containers as I have all the rest. I have some Smiths going this year, was thinking of putting one of those in that one spot.

      But seeing more pictures of dead-ripe, dead-ugly Smiths would help tip the scales!
      Sarah
      Bay Area, CA (zone: 9B)

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      • #5
        Even mother pit bull love her baby😱
        Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
        1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy πŸ‘ΌπŸΌ.
        2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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        • #6
          I believe you. This is the best fig in my collection. They aren't so ugly up north though.
          Rafael
          Zone 10b, Miami, FL

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          • #7
            I just put a smith cutting in to root. Here's hoping!
            Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

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            • #8
              This weekend there was a sample of the Smith fig and I happened to taste it. In my humble opinion it was the best fig that I have ever tasted! May not have a beautiful French , Italian, Portuguese, Greek or Turkish name but it was awesome in flavor. In the ground it goes.
              Randall - Flomaton, Al. zone 8. FloraBama Homestead

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              • #9
                Wait taste Bi39... Is Tis much better. Taste fruit while you read story again... Is heaven
                Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
                1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy πŸ‘ΌπŸΌ.
                2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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                • Whiterk
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                  Oh how I wish I could sample a Bi39. Maybe one day. Mike you can send me a few and a tree then I will let you know which taste better. 😊

              • #10
                Amico.. Fruit tastes much belle than the actual tree πŸ˜‚
                Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
                1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy πŸ‘ΌπŸΌ.
                2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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                • #11
                  The Bi39 is coming right along... she's in a pot right now -- I want to give her a year to toughen up and get some good roots and growth before we put her in the ground at my school -- I usually can't go by there in the summer so its a "survival of the fittest" sort of thing -- my students and I are really, really looking forward to seeing her grow. Thank you so very, very much!

                  About the pics. An IPhone, a 49 year old man, and an 8' skateboard ramp sometimes don't play well together -- forgot it was in my pocket and ... well.... "lifeproof" does not apparently relate to "mylifeproof"

                  Did receive a weird, backhanded complement from a 20ish "kid" though -- "Dude - for an old fat guy you are really, really good! I mean you kick ***ing ***". Uh, Ok. Wife laughed at me on the way home -- told me I was playing it cool and all the time she knew I wouldnt be able to get out of bed the next day ... she was 90% correct -- did manage to wake at 7am to do a little "Starling Sniping" for the bastiges eating my figs...

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                  • Taverna78
                    Taverna78
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                    Ciaooooo! How you and children?!! I am very happy you make roots and she growing for you! Congratulations!

                • #12
                  Anyone considering a Smith, please give it a chance. Ive got room in my yard for 3-4 more in-grounders and one is going to my Smith once I make some backup cuttings...

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                  • #13
                    Does it do well in containers in colder zones (5/6)?
                    Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Verdolino, Black Celeste, Rubado, Zaffiro, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Bordissot Blanca Negra

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                    • #14
                      Don, I am growing it in a container in Colorado. It may be next year before I get to taste it here. I'm hoping I can plan a trip to Texas to coincide with ripening Smith I have growing in there in the ground.
                      Littleton, CO (zone 5b) - In Containers
                      N.E. of Austin, TX (zone 8b)- In Ground.

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                      • #15
                        It tastes good and looks ugly in zone 6 here in KC. But at least in my pot its first figs at 2-3 years old in a very cool summer were not as spectacular in flavor as described by others above. Hopefully I'll get to try it this year when there's been plenty of heat to ripen it.
                        Bob C.
                        Kansas City, MO Z6

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                        • #16
                          Here is a ripe Smith I picked today.

                          Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a

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                        • #17
                          Great looking fig. How did it taste?
                          Pine Prairie, LA 8B

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                          • #18
                            Jerry, it tasted real good. It's one of the best tasting figs I've eaten.
                            Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a

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                            • #19
                              Is anyone growing both Smith and Texas BA-1?
                              Member King Fig (Dan A.) has posted on his blog that both cultivars are the same....

                              Also could you please post some photo of Smith and or Texas BA-1 leaves? Thanks.
                              Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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                              • #20
                                Hey y' all. Nice topic. At the LSU fig day everyone was level on the Smith. Best tasting if it's ripe enough. I wouldn't call it ugly. It looks like an unripe green fig so you have to check for softness when it's time to pick. Flavor is just outstanding figgy and with a nice thick almost honey like texture and with a taste that lingers in your mouth and your brain even after you eat twenty other various figs back to back. The next close seconds were Hunt and Champane. I also found a perfectly ripe Chicago Hardy that made our eyes roll ( I split every fig with Mrs K ). I don't know if the spelling is correct but Russo's Italian ukn by Terry was another knockout fig. Right up there with the Smith if not better only larger and darker . Thanks for sharing those wonderful figs Terry. Any cuttings this fall?

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                                • #21
                                  I have a beautiful smith tree. Second year and it's 5' tall. Not a fig on it. I think it was over fertilized. It's in a rich garden spot that I thought would be a good spot for a tree. Guess I was right.
                                  jerrybrother83
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                                  Last edited by jerrybrother83; 07-16-2015, 09:41 PM.
                                  Pine Prairie, LA 8B

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                                  • #22
                                    My Smith only started setting figlets a week or so ago. I'm still months away from tasting a Smith fig, and some of you all already have ripe ones!
                                    Johnny
                                    Stuff I grow: Google Doc

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                                    • #23
                                      Pete, here is a Smith leaf.
                                      Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a

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                                    • #24
                                      I purchased two this year. Potted them, same soil, same pot types, babied them both. One is doing fine, the other is dead as a hammer.

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                                      • #25
                                        Here's a photo of the Texas BA-1 EL leaves...

                                        Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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