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  • Flanders breba 7-24-15

    Picked my one and only Flanders breba yesterday off a Raintree tree bought last year. It also had a single breba last year but that one was a total dud, dry, tough, and not worth eating. No main crop last year, but this year I pinched the limbs and the tree is currently loaded with main crop figs in the stagnant stage.

    This year's breba was surprisingly rich, with good but not overwhelming sweetness. The texture was dense and tender with some nice seed crunch. It wasn't as juicy as main crop, but for a breba, I thought it had great flavor and texture. Among all figs that I've tasted, I'd give it a solid 6 or 7. It also had those thin purple lines between the pulp and skin that I've heard discussed. Anyone know if this is just a varietal quirk that some figs have, or more interestingly, a sign of caprification?

    Thin purple lining
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    Bay Area, CA (zone: 9B)

  • #2
    Nice fig Sarah , thanks for sharing.


    • #3
      Thanks for sharing the photos and info.
      The purple stained flesh is typical of many breba figs and some figs (cultivars) with dark colored pulp grown in any zone.
      Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b


      • Sarahkt
        Sarahkt commented
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        Thanks Pete. There was some talk of it being relevant in terms of caprification, but I knew it was too good to be true.

        Onward and soon enough!

      • AscPete
        AscPete commented
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        You're welcome. Darker pulp colors and plump solid (not hollow) fertilized seeds are indications of caprification.

    • #4
      Thank you for sharing. It will definitely get better.