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  • San Pietro (?) - my most beautiful fig so far

    The name San Pietro is associated with at least 2 varieties of figs (not surprising, St Peter is popular in Italy). There is a green San Pietro that is similar to Dalmatie or Stella. I am writing about the purple San Pietro that is sold by Joe Morle of Italian Fig Trees. I received a cutting directly from another grower's tree during a visit in the fall of 2013. I labled it immediately, and received only 2 other cuttings from him at the time (Carini, which died in the rooting process and does not look like this, and Black Triana, which also looks different). I got the first fig last fall, late in the season, but the interior did not appear right. It had an amber colored interior instead of red. I posted pictures of it last season on F4F:
    The discussion at the time indicated that the fig should have had a red interior, like the fig pics posted later in that thread by the person who gave me the cutting.

    There are only a few other F4F posts with info about San Pietro (JM):
    And a list of Italian figs that includes a purple San Pietro, which seems similar to the one sold by Joe Morle of Italian Fig Trees:
    And there is some discussion in an above post about California Brown Turkey being the San Pietro(JM) which seems erroneous, CBT is also called San Piero (spelled differently).

    A link to Italian Fig Trees, the source of my friend's plant: http://www.figtrees.net/ No interior fig pics on the website. My leaves look similar to the ones on the plant photo but most leaf lobes not quite as deeply cut as those on the photo with the leaves and figs.

    This year, I was impressed by the beauty of the developing figs of this plant. Click image for larger version

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    I know other figs will develop similar striped colors as developing but this is the first for me.
    The exterior of the ripe figs is a dark red/purple color. The first 3 figs of this plant this season have also had the lighter color interior, like last year. Click image for larger version

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    On the following 2 photos only the two figs on the right are San Pietro. Click image for larger version

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    Sorry for the quality of the pics, working on my iPhone photography skillz.

    The figs are very sweet, but not quite the complex flavor like the several Mt Etna types, Malta Black, VdB or Red Sicilian(MN) that I have grown this year, but more flavor than the light exterior and light interior figs like Lattarulla and Atreano.

    So, why is this fig's interior light color? I have gone over the whole list of other cuttings I started later that year, and found no others that should have looked like this (there were a couple of unknowns, however). I have tried to be extremely careful with cutting labeling, pot labeling, and record keeping, and I feel sure that I did not mix this up with another cutting or plant (anything is possible though). Not sure what to think of this, the difference should not be environmental, the person I got it from lives less than an hour's drive away in the same zone. Could this be some kind of mutation? Immature plant? Mixed up grower?
    Input welcome!

    Thanks for looking.
    Last edited by eboone; 09-02-2015, 09:17 AM.
    SW PA zone 6a

  • #2
    Very nice photos Ed and a beautiful tree and fruit. Try picking a couple of them a bit sooner and see what they look like on the inside and notice if they taste any better/ different. The ones on the pics look like they almost dried on the tree. Not saying that it's a bad thing! Thanks for sharing.


    • eboone
      eboone commented
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      Thanks for the comment Chris - the above 3 San Pietro pics are of the 1st and 3rd and 4th figs of the year, the second was a picked little earlier; it is better to leave them on the tree longer (for all figs I am growing so far)

  • #3
    so pretty. lucky pup.


    • #4
      Wow.. They ARE beautiful! Making me drool over here Ed! Lol! Wish I could help with answering some of the questions you have, alas all I can do is admire the beautiful figs you've pictured.. Btw.. Your iphone photo taking skillz are actually quite good! Better than mine, that's for sure
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      • fitzski
        fitzski commented
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        Jamie, this is another one of Joe's trees that I think I'm going to pick up this fall. I'll save a few cuttings for you.

      • Jamie0507
        Jamie0507 commented
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        Woohoo!! Kevin this one looks amazing! I sure would love cuttings if you decide to pick one of these babies up next fall πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

    • #5
      eboone I have a San Pietro fig which sure looks a lot like yours. All 3 of these were picked from the same tree.

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      I have 1 interior picture that is not fully ripe. The interior of the few ripe ones I've eaten off my 2 year old tree are super dark amber (light tan perhaps) on the outside of the pulp with a dark red towards the ostiole (almost like a red sunrise). Note the deep cavity..
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      Mine also looks similar to Vinny's which he calls the S.Pietro Nero.

      This link has a catalog of figs which lists the San Pietro (syn. S.Pietro Nero) matches. The fig matches the description.

      Mario had sent me a picture of his San Pietro which has a green skin and is a much larger fig. This fig looks a lot like Hermans.
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      Perhaps this is the S. Pietro Bianco? The same catalog above also has the S. Pietro Bianco listed.

      And this website also validates there is a S. Pietro Bianco.

      Last edited by The1FigMan; 12-09-2020, 11:45 PM. Reason: Fixing some typos
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        • #7
          I believe it is only fair that any forum member named Peter/Pedro/Pietro should receive a free cutting of this fig for Christmas.
          Peter - San Diego 10a. Santa Rosa 9b, 10b. WL: Angelito. Better to give than to receive


          • Wahshk
            Wahshk commented
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            This is a good one and well deserved

        • #8
          Mike, mine did not look at all like the first three photos you posted - never as dark, never saw the little white marks on the skin, never that shape. I had this tree for several years but discarded it as the figs, while good, were not great and it did not seem to be what was advertised as San Pietro on Joe Morle's web site. It was not like what others grew from him.
          SW PA zone 6a


          • #9
            I have ordered fig cuttings called Sao Luis, this is a beautiful photo from Timo who has done a great job growing these.
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            • #10
              I have "San Piero" as a synonym of California Brown Turkey, which is what this (Ed's) fig looks like.

              It's a pretty fig but it never thrived for me here.
              Joe, Z6B, RI.


              • The1FigMan
                The1FigMan commented
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                I think the San Pietro from figtrees.net may have been a Brown Turkey. Strangely, it is supposed to be a cold hardy fig, so I would think it would have done well for ya Joe. LMK if you want to give it another shot!

              • jrdewhirst
                jrdewhirst commented
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                I really appreciate it but if you are right, then the variety is still problematic for me. You are right that EBT's are hardy, and they produces a very good breba crop. But as growers in the UK and central Europe know, the main crop is late. I have Laradek's EBT both in a pot and in the ground, and in the best case the main crop ripens in very late Sept / early Oct. Many figs don't ripen. I really need varieties that gives me a 6-8 week season (e.g., Florea) rather than a 1-2 week season.

            • #11
              I took these photos of my CA BT just now. It is not as pretty as Ed's San Pietro, imo and the interior is darker. I picked this one a little early so not great tasting, but still acceptable for a Dec. fig.
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              Peter - San Diego 10a. Santa Rosa 9b, 10b. WL: Angelito. Better to give than to receive