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  • ofon
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    these look pretty good...that's considered low quality?

  • Atlatl
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    Dang

  • chuckell
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    Originally posted by Kelby View Post
    Let's talk about another great variety that doesn't get too much press, Longue d'Aout. Likely the hardiest French fig, up there with Ronde de Bordeaux, it's name translates to 'Long of August'. Reportedly it was planted at Versailles in the 1700's, so it has been around for a very long time.

    It sets a unique breba crop. The fruits are very large and long, similar to a banana with a light red interior that ripen in July. The brebas are not very good quality, unfortunately. The main crop figs are not as large, they are round but still of good size with good flavor and sweetness. Main crop ripens end of August through October.

    They bear very well in wet weather and rain, but do lose some sweetness. According to Baud they dislike heavy soil more than other varieties. It is capable of fruiting after being killed to the ground, as it did in NJ and VA after the winter of 2013/2014. I find the leaves quite attractive with a serrated margin, even on young cuttings.

    It has many synonyms and is most likely the same as or very similar to: Nordland, Niagara Black, Melanzana Merdascola, Jerusalem, and Slocan.

    Does anyone have pictures to share of fruit?

    I was given one at a friends house tasting last summer, but unfortunately my daughter enjoyed most of it...I just got a tasty crumb!
    I have that tree,but sorry no pictures ,I got a few large figs last year, they were delicious I thought.it's a keeper here,

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  • jbl318
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    My avatar pic is of 2 brebas on one of my LdAs this year this was a few weeks ago.All my second year plants are fruit budded at each leaf node. Kelby I think these came from you in 2016.
    Very vigorous for me with heavy feed,potted in pine bark mix
    Last year had a breba that came in at 140 gms.

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  • BrightGreenNurse
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    I read somewhere that there were different Longue D’Aout types? One included in that grouping was Pellegrino. How many varieties are considered Longue types and do they differ much in flavor and performance? I have very limited space, but would love to try a Longue type fig at some point and was hoping to choose wisely!

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  • F. Bennett
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    Thank, Tony. I'm looking forward to your pics next year!

  • Fygmalion
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    Great pics, Frank and looks like a great fig! Looking forward to growing this baby!

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  • F. Bennett
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    I agree. One of my favorites due to size, reliability, and flavor.
    Last edited by F. Bennett; 10-09-2016, 10:34 PM.

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  • vito12831
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    It's one of my favorite fig , it's one of the most productive trees That I have, I have three of them.😊

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  • Sas
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    I started by growing Nordland then I grew Long D'Aout, and donated it to my community garden. I did not see any difference between the two fruits having obtained the trees from totally different sources.

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  • eboone
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    I got a LDA, a Niagara Black, and a Cucumber all rooted this past year. Cucumber is another variety reportedly the same. Leaves on all three were identical. The Niagara Black for some reason outgrew it's kin, and I got one beautiful large fruit from it that looked like Dave's (perhaps a bit darker shading). Very unique flavor, very good. Looking forward to more next year.

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  • mstanleyross
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    Definitely, looking for cuttings later on this fall. Great looking fig, thanks for sharing post.

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  • chrisb9341
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    My favorite this year easily. Still bearing here in zone 5.

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  • Dave
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    One of our favorite trees

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  • cis4elk
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    Interesting how figs are, LdA is fig that I just keep giving another year based off of reputation. It better turn around big-time, but I'm still giving it 2 more years. If I get rid of it at that point it will be the oldest fig I've ever given the axe at 5 1/2 yrs. It put on a fair amount of growth this year without many figs, so I'm expecting a large breba crop next season. There are actually significant number of trees that I'm expecting that from next season, I do really enjoy figs in August.

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  • mountainfigs
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    Longue d'Aout, like LSU Tiger, was under the radar here until this year. Now I would rank it easily as a top ten fig for short seasons, and one of only two or three light figs I would currently include in a top ten. LDA and Brooklyn White are the two largest of that top ten, as light figs tend to be larger than dark figs in general.

    So far here, LDA is by far the earliest ripening of the green/red figs, as I consider it (or "Adriatic") (assuming one does not count Conadria which can be very green red but which can tend toward yellow and some honey and watery). Longue d'Aout skin can blush dark but scarcely did here. LDA has a very firm pulp and strong structure as many have noted.

    LDA is a very rustic looking fig on the outside. A sizable thick fleshy fig somewhat similar to Brooklyn White in that way though not as readily sweet. Strawberry red on the inside. I could see LDA becoming a big part of people's core dooryard orchards in short growing seasons, assuming the fruit is not being grown for shiny appearance, which this cultivar lacks.

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  • 71GTO
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    I remmeber Herman mentioning that. I have both my LDA is older and bigger. I try not to keep the same figs with different names. I guess I'll see this spring if they both live. All my trees are still in a storage unit...

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  • Yeehova
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    That is true unless you ask my wife. She can't tell one from the other. I think you have to care about the topic at hand.

  • Kelby
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    I think it was herman2 that said this, they all have similar traits. I'm not the expert though!

  • zone5figger
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    ...and Niagara Black, too?

  • Kelby
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    Great, glad you like it Phil! I'll keep posting these threads then. I enjoy the detective work needed and it's great to see everyone's input.

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  • drphil69
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    Thanks Kelby, I love all the info you provide.

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  • 71GTO
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    I've seen this mentioned before, but it is been confirmed LDA is the same as Nordland?

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  • twovkay
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    Nice plant Kelby, can't wait to hear if your plant produces this year. I have one a little smaller than that.

    Michael, will time my visit a little better this coming season.

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  • COGardener
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    It is truly amazing that all of the fig cultivars have different leafs. It strikes me to being similar to dogs, the domesticated dog "Canis Familiaris" is one (Species) with each (Breed) sharing 99.8% of there DNA. That's right, there is only a 0.20% difference to DNA between all dog breeds, so that makes wonder how close is the DNA of the various fig Cultivars?

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