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  • grasshopper
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    Not easy to protect it for so long..

  • mountainfigs
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    Very nice.

  • Rewton
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    Looks good Ed! Mine are probably about 3-4 weeks away too. My tree was slowed down a bit by root pruning and transplanting.

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  • eboone
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    Raasti Northern Persian Unk - this is a 'holdover' fig. I left a small fig about the size of a dime overwinter on this tree, stored where it would not get below freezing all winter. I don't know if you can call it a true breba. It is really last year's main crop, just real late. I picked this and ate it (well half to my wife) today and it was as good as any we had last season, very sweet, fine slight fig flavor. The main crop of this year are probably over a month away.

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  • grasshopper
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    Thanks for the update, Tony. I was going to put a = sign on the list.

  • grasshopper
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    Second that, is he yours?

  • mountainfigs
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    Now, a couple growing seasons later, my view is less that this is Marseilles White than some other fig. It looks fairly similar in fruit and leaf and the breba ripens early with both, but main crop Marseilles White has not been early here at all, and the fruit quality looks somewhat different too. Seems clear to me now too that Marseilles White and Lattarula are two quite different varieties from each other also, and neither now seem to be this Raasti with its much more early main crop ripening time.

  • zone5figger
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    Great report and exciting to verify the earliness of this variety!

  • eboone
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    Raasti Northern Persian Unk is my first to ripen a main crop fig this year. I have two, both 2nd year plants, one in a sunken pot and the winner, which I had trained to two trunks last year and put inground mid May and am training to a low cordon. The first main crop was yesterday, 8/6, and some other figs on this plant and many on the other are swelling and getting a little yellow color to them. Both of these were started on the fig shuffle early April (obviously I will not be able to do that with one of these next year). In comparison, last year my RdB in a pot gave the first fig on 8/12, the first for me, and still looks at least a week or so from ripening any figs. My Florea is a year older and my IC is the same age as these Raasti plants and were also both put in ground this year and are not close to ripe figs yet. This was very sweet and juicy, a honey type. It is a small fig, though the next ones ripening look a bit larger than the initial one.

    Picture of the figs on the espaliered plant:



    And the fig just prior to being enjoyed:



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  • mountainfigs
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    Definitely in pot, embedded. Last year earliest main crop fig was also IC, on August 3rd. So this is my first main crop fig in July. Earliest in ground fig here was last year's Hardy Chicago, August 21. This year looks like an in-ground RDB and other Mt Etnas might ripen before that date. Your RNP UNK remains in pot, I assume?

  • Rewton
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    At this point I wouldn't consider it a boutique fig taste-wise although it is still relatively young and is a little rootbound in its 5 gallon SIP. So it may get better. Currently, I would rate it on par with my other honey-type figs. The distinguishing feature is that it is very early so it should be spread around, I think. It would be interesting to see how it does in other areas.

  • Rewton
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    That's pretty early for zone 6b. I am thinking it is growing in a container, correct? They look great - looking forward to IC figs next year.

  • mountainfigs
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    Congratulations on your Raasti N. Persian UNK as your first main cropper this year.

    My first main crop fig is ripe today too: Improved Celeste, photoed here. (I'll wait to pick it when my father-in-law arrives later today.) The ant inspector, photoed on it, has been for me a good indicator of sweetness. First RDBs have begun to blush. I stunted my Florea some so it's behind where it should be I think.

    Letting this IC fig hang would allow the sugars to intensify, I realize, not a bad thing, though perhaps least worthwhile for this cultivar which is very sweet when fully ripe, sort of too bitingly much so because not counterbalanced by enough acid - no tart to temper the sugar. So it gets picked today. I expect a mild sweet or even fruity flavor.

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  • Harborseal
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    How much will it go for on ebay?

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  • Rewton
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    Well, last year was not a fluke. The Raasti N. Persian UNK fig is the earliest in my collection this year and began ripening its main crop today. The figs are very tasty like last year. It's definitely a very good honey fig that ripens it's main crop very early. Last year it ripened its first fig on July 28, the same date that Improved Celeste starting ripening. Both figs were grown in containers. No greenhouse was used, just the fig shuffle and I wasn't very aggressive with that. Unfortunately, a comparison with with IC is not possible this year because (due to a move) am starting over with a 1st year plant.

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  • hstark
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    So maybe mine is a Persian fig too. It really doesn't look like any of the normal figs I've seen. And as I mentioned, I did not get it from a normal nursery, but an exotic plant nursery (read: guy who collected odd/rare plants and sold his extras).

  • mountainfigs
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    Yes, Marseilles (White) (also seems to go by Lattarulla, Italian Honey, St Anthony, etc) apparently ripens in about 70 days with Improved Celeste, Florea, and Ronde de Bordeaux.

  • Rewton
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    It certainly is possible. I'm pretty this fig comes from an area that has the wasp so it could be a spontaneously arising variety that someone decided to cultivate OR it could be a well-known cultivar like Marsielles. I guess it will take a DNA test to know for sure. Is Marsielles known to be quite early?

  • Rewton
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    It does look a lot like the same fig (or closely related). Of course, mine would have to be considered an unknown too.

  • hstark
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    Oh, my dog ate the rest of my brebas before they fully ripened too because they were all on the lower branches... I don't think I'm going to get to eat any of the lower figs. Does it look like a White Marseilles?? People thought LSU Gold, but I don't think the fruit looks right.

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  • hstark
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    WHOA!!! THAT fig looks like my unknown fig!!! Leaves too!!!! Here's mine, with leaf pix... what do you think? It's delicious too. Someone said I may have picked it not fully ripe, so it didn't get all the way red... I don't know, I never cut them before. The pix of the insides was the first one that I picked 5/29. My lawn guy picked and ATE the 2nd one the day I wanted to pick it, so I never got to see the inside fully ripe to compare.

    Here's 2 of the brebas
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    Here's a shot of all the different wacky leaves on it... the leaves range from 1 lobe to 5 on the same crazy fig:
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    At the moment, it's got about 400 main crop figs that will ripen probably in a month. Then it will do it again for an Oct crop (last year the last bunch ripened in Oct anyway). There's about 20 figs on every single branch big and small (rust made a lot of leaves fall off so you can see the figs better):
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    Does it look like your fig?? Yours is the ONLY fig pix I've seen that actually look exactly like my figs...

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  • mountainfigs
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    Nice fig. Fruit and leaves in the first photos, plus early ripening times, indicate that it could be Marseilles by another of its many names. Could be its own cultivar. Hard to say via a few photos.

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  • Rewton
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    I should also note that this is after we had a terrible cool and wet Spring. Plus, with preparations for the move I didn't get my figs out of the garage and growing as early as I could have.

  • Rewton
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    I continue to be impressed with how early the Raasti Northern Persian UNK is. I had not noticed than any brebas on any of my figs were ripening. Then by chance I noticed this fig on the Raasti which I have growing in a container. It was slightly overripe but pretty good. Heck, it is the first fig of the season and the first at our new place so it would be good no matter what. In actuality it was not as good as the main crop but still it is great to get any figs in June. This may be my most early fig; however, my Improved Celeste might give it a run for its money if it were capable of making a breba crop which remains to be seen.
    Last edited by Rewton; 06-22-2016, 08:41 PM.

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  • Rewton
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    That's a beautiful dog!
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