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  • Black Bethlehem ripening

    I hope the birds leave some for me.
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  • #2
    It looks like the top one already got pecked. Maybe they didn't like the taste and will leave them alone!
    Phil
    Zone 7A - Newark, DE; Zone 8A - Wilmington, NC;

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    • Kelby
      Kelby commented
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      Before I took this photo there was a stem with some skin. Winged jerks.

    • drphil69
      drphil69 commented
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      So far I've been lucky. I don't think the birds here know about figs... yet... I hope they remain ignorant.

  • #3
    Awesome. Two tough guys. Maybe put plastic cups or bird netting over them.

    Maybe there shouldn't be but it could be lively and probably instructive to have a Mt Etna fig sub-forum.

    Tony WV 6b
    https://mountainfigs.net/

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    • Kelby
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      At present I don't agree that Black Bethlehem is a Mount Etna type, and more resembles Malta black. While some leaves are similar in shape, the figlets are larger and earlier maturing.

      Edit: But that's just my opinion from limited observation.

  • #4
    Sure, there's a lot that's unknown about what may or may not be a Mt Etna type. That's one reason why a Mt Etna sub-forum could be so lively, informational, and educational. I don't know that a Mt Etna sub-forum would be a good idea ultimately, maybe on a trial basis, especially if it could be seemlessly re-integrated with the main forum if it didn't work out.

    Just had another Zingarella fig this evening, another variety that I consider to be a Mt Etna, or a likely Mt Etna at least. But far from everyone agrees.

    OT: I prefer the flavor of Mt Etna fruit to Ronde de Bordeaux fruit, though Ronde de Bordeaux has better shape and skin color. I prefer the more purple pulp color and grape-strawberry flavor of Mt Etna fruit to the molasses-strawberry flavor of Ronde de Bordeaux. But the better fruit to market or to impress a friend with would be Ronde de Bordeaux. It's one stylish fig, with excellent taste.
    Last edited by mountainfigs; 08-18-2015, 08:31 PM.
    Tony WV 6b
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    • #5
      Let's see if nylon footies will give me another day or two. Rain forecast tomorrow, I want to give them as much time as possible. Covered Malta Black too.
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      • drphil69
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        I guess you've tried the standard techniques - old CDs, reflective tape, etc?

    • #6
      And it was figgin' awesome! My first main crop of the year really worth mentioning. Get it if you don't have it!
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