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  • Red Israel

    Didn't get ripe because it is too late in the season but the figs are large and looks nice.
    I hope next summer I will be able to taste the real thing .
    Anybody has any experience with it?
    A very vigorous grower for me, rooted last February and is 7 ft tall now.
    Does it go by a different name?
    USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: Calderona, Colonel Littman's BC, Craven’s Craving, Exquisito

  • #2
    That's a beautiful fig. Best of luck next year.

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    • #3
      Hey Igor! I have this variety from you, you threw it in as a surprise with the caprifig (thanks!). I have it in a 5-gal pot and it didn't grow as quickly as yours, but that's probably because I left on a few figs "in hopes." They grew to about the same stage as yours before the frosts slammed the garden. It hasn't grown too much since I got it, but it did fruit heavily. ​

      This is the one also known as Khurtmani, no? My notes on this one (compiled from the forums etc.) are these:

      What it first looked like:


      SYN: MWAZI, ESELI, ESELY
      DESCRIPTION

      A very large reddish, honey fig is probably the best fig from Israel.
      "Greenish skin with purple ribs and amber pulp. Two crops. Good breba crop. Main crop figs are also large, sweet and delicious."


      Mwazi (syns. Khurtmani, Eseli). Described and illustrated by Grasovsky and Weitz
      (1932) as one of the best figs for fresh use grown in southern Palestine.
      Trees are large, but not very prolific; breba crop good. Second-crop figs large,
      pyriform, with prominent neck; stalk short; eye open, scales purple; skin thin, glossy,
      greenish, with purple ribs; pulp amber; flavor sweet and delicious.
      P.I. No. 80,297, introduced into California as Khurtmani, proved to be identical with


      Brunswick.
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      Last edited by Sarahkt; 01-08-2016, 03:21 PM. Reason: Added photo
      Sarah
      Bay Area, CA (zone: 9B)

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      • #4
        Thanks, Sarah!
        It fits your description except the pulp is red, not amber. Unless that's what you get after pollination.
        How did it grow for you ?

        I do not think this is Brunswick
        USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: Calderona, Colonel Littman's BC, Craven’s Craving, Exquisito

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        • Sarahkt
          Sarahkt commented
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          It was growing fast, about 18-24" taller until the figs set, then guess it concentrated its reserves into those. Really should have removed those figs in hindsight.

          The leaves also started gaining their more mature fingered shape near the end, before the frosts came.

      • #5
        I don't think it's Brunswick either. I didn't take photos of the unripe fruit when I cut them open, but it didn't look the same as Brunswick to me then. Mine looked the same as yours on the outside, green with purplish ribs.

        The pulp in mine was reddish in one, rest were light amber. It's hard to know what their final color was going to be since they weren't ripe, but might be chalked up to pollination.
        Sarah
        Bay Area, CA (zone: 9B)

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        • #6
          Thanks for your feedback!
          It sounds like it did well for you and for me.
          It is a good grower and productive. Will wait until next summer for the final verdict
          USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: Calderona, Colonel Littman's BC, Craven’s Craving, Exquisito

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          • #7
            I have a few cuttings of Red Israel after I trimmed the tree. At $3 each + $5 shipping. Please PM me if interested.
            USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: Calderona, Colonel Littman's BC, Craven’s Craving, Exquisito

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            • #8
              The color and size were good, but I was a little disappointed with the watery and bland taste of the first two figs on my Red Israel. It's a first year tree so hopefully the taste will improve next year. Thanks Igor! I posted pictures and comments here:
              http://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-home/45229-khurtmanni-aka-red-israel-aka-red-palestine
              Mara, Southern California,
              Climate Zone: 1990=9b 2012= 10a 2020=?

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