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  • This is what happens when figs take over

    This is what happens when figs take over, poor innocent grapefruit trees pay the price........it is grapefruit carnage as far as the eye can see. This land was just cleared this winter and the first few figs added. There will be room in this run for another 150 varieties or so. Still needs cleaned up the rest of the way, irrigation installed and mulched. Right in the center of the shot down by the lake you can see the poor grapefruit tree on the burn pile.

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    Cutting sales on willsfigs.com started Nov 1 and will continue till about March 1.

  • #2
    Ah, who likes grapefruit anyway?
    https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
    SE PA
    Zone 6

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    • #3
      Figs taste much better than grapefruit, that for sure.
      "gene"
      Zone 9 Houma LA in the bayou land.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Kelby View Post
        Ah, who likes grapefruit anyway?
        My thoughts exactly. If someone tried to give me some, I'd decline.

        How nice to have so much flat land in which to plant things. Is that a white chicken on the right of the photo?
        SoCal, zone 10.
        www.ourfigs.com Invite your friends.

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        • #5
          Actually, I kind of like a good grapefruit. If the grapefruit is pre-peeled, pretty much my entire family will wolf them down. But I would probably also raze a field of grapefruit in favor of figs.
          Johnny
          Stuff I grow: Google Doc

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          • #6
            It was for the better, my friend.
            Frank ~ zone 7a VA

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Gina View Post

              My thoughts exactly. If someone tried to give me some, I'd decline.

              How nice to have so much flat land in which to plant things. Is that a white chicken on the right of the photo?


              It is a duck The neighbor let me cut a couple of oaks down that were on his side of the fence but the tree leaned over on my side. There was a big nasty half dead oak that leaned toward the house and the Hershellnator took that one down. Although my back blueberry bed did not enjoy that as that is where it fell but all in all not much harm was done. In fact Hershell hit two of my blueberry beds that day, think he has something against blueberries.
              Cutting sales on willsfigs.com started Nov 1 and will continue till about March 1.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jkuo View Post
                Actually, I kind of like a good grapefruit. If the grapefruit is pre-peeled, pretty much my entire family will wolf them down. But I would probably also raze a field of grapefruit in favor of figs.
                A lot of people like grapefruit. But there are a significant number of people (estimated between 10-25%, depending on degree of sensitivity) who are 'supertasters' for whom such strong flavors are repulsive. Other 'bitter/strong' things super tasters don't like are foods such as beer, coffee, arugula... milk chocolate preferred over dark chocolate, white wine preferred to red wine..

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supertaster

                Specific food sensitivities[edit]

                Although individual food preference for supertasters cannot be typified, documented examples for either lessened preference or consumption include:
                Certain alcoholic beverages[15]
                Brassica oleracea cultivars Brussels sprouts[18][19][20]
                Cabbage[18]
                Kale[20]

                Coffee[18]
                Grapefruit juice[19]
                Green tea[19]
                Soy products[19]
                Carbonated water[21]
                Cheddar cheese[22]

                Other foods may also show altered patterns of preference and consumption, but only indirect evidence exists:
                Tonic water – Quinine is more bitter to supertasters[citation needed]
                Olives – for a given concentration, salt is more intense in supertasters
                SoCal, zone 10.
                www.ourfigs.com Invite your friends.

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                • #9
                  Grapefruit is a great ingredient in marmalade, when the sugar can cut down the tartness a bit. But I'd rather have different fruits in my orchard, like lots of figs.
                  Arne - Northern NJ - Zone 6A

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                  • #10
                    Wills, Looks like you are in crocodile Dundee territory. Any good fishing? Looks like you have to watch out for gators
                    and snakes in the trees.

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                    • #11
                      Who needs grapefruit when you have figs!
                      Otmani - Dallas, TX - Zone 8a
                      Wish List: Col de Dame Blanche, Brogiotto Bianco, Sicilian White, Panache

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                      • #12
                        i would have cut it back and grown both. but figs are better.

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                        • #13
                          A Texas Ruby Red is hard to beat.
                          Littleton, CO (zone 5b) - In Containers
                          N.E. of Austin, TX (zone 8b)- In Ground.

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                          • #14
                            TRR may be slightly less objectionable than other grapefruit but that doesn't make it 'hard to beat'
                            Bob C. KC, MO Zone 6a. Wanted: Martineca Rimada, Galicia Negra, Fioroni Ruvo, De La Reina - Pons, Tauro, BFF, Sefrawi, Sbayi, Mavra Sika , Fillaciano Bianco, Corynth, Souadi, Acciano Purple, LSU Tiger, LSU Red, Cajun Gold, BB-10 any great tasting fig

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by paully22 View Post
                              Wills, Looks like you are in crocodile Dundee territory. Any good fishing? Looks like you have to watch out for gators
                              and snakes in the trees.

                              Paully,

                              There are gators in the lake, quite a few of them in fact. There is a back fence to keep the deer out and the ducks in as they would not last long with the gators. There is bass in there and panfish but we generally just fish the Gulf of Mexico, Grouper, cobia that sort of thing.

                              Cutting sales on willsfigs.com started Nov 1 and will continue till about March 1.

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                              • #16
                                Pumelos...what grapefruit should have been.
                                Frank Tallahasee 8B
                                North Florida Figs

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                                • #17
                                  I like a good grapefruit now and then, but everyone here loves figs all the time.
                                  USDA Zone 9b Wish list: Abruzzi, Pasquale, Filacciano, Tagliacozzo, Zingarella, Godfather. Any, including unknowns, from Abruzzo, Italy.

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                                  • #18
                                    Sell the grapefruit cuttings on eBay! Call it "grape'Osso" you make big money lol
                                    Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
                                    1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy πŸ‘ΌπŸΌ.
                                    2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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                                    • #19
                                      Okay, figs are nice but it's been a 3-4 months since I had my last fig but I enjoyed a very nice Oroblanco yesterday. Hope you're keeping some citrus to have year-round fresh fruit.
                                      My fig photos <> My fig cuttings (starts late January) <> My Youtube Videos

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                                      • #20
                                        A few citrus are great. But what he really needs (and has, I think) is a greenhouse.
                                        Bob C. KC, MO Zone 6a. Wanted: Martineca Rimada, Galicia Negra, Fioroni Ruvo, De La Reina - Pons, Tauro, BFF, Sefrawi, Sbayi, Mavra Sika , Fillaciano Bianco, Corynth, Souadi, Acciano Purple, LSU Tiger, LSU Red, Cajun Gold, BB-10 any great tasting fig

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                                        • #21
                                          Maybe do some aqua culture and grow Prawns.

                                          I lost my Grapefruit tree. It was a pink seedless and very sweet less tart. Really miss it but it grew from seed and took about twelve years to produce and then it died after only five years of production.
                                          Darkman AKA Charles in Pensacola South of I-10 zone 8b/9a

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                                          • #22
                                            Harvey how do you like the Oroblanco? I'm picking one up from Just Fruits next week during my spring break -- it will be my last trip out to JFE for a mass pick-up
                                            HAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAH AH
                                            That's what I always tell the wife..."just one more trip"....it never happens...

                                            Already have a Rio Red grapefruit and a bunch of other citrus, but the Oroblanco piqued my interest and I have room for one more citrus tree in the yard..

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                                            • #23
                                              Wills ... Cobia, you say? We are waiting on the run up here in Jacksonville...soon it will be time to run the beach and look for the most delicious of fishes (IMO)

                                              That pond looks awfully "Ducky" heheheh

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                                              • #24
                                                Originally posted by NativeSun View Post
                                                Wills ... Cobia, you say? We are waiting on the run up here in Jacksonville...soon it will be time to run the beach and look for the most delicious of fishes (IMO)

                                                That pond looks awfully "Ducky" heheheh

                                                You guys always get the cobia before we do for some reason. They are a great tasting fish. I like to slightly overcook them, turns out just like tuna.

                                                Cutting sales on willsfigs.com started Nov 1 and will continue till about March 1.

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                                                • #25
                                                  Harvey I have tangerines to keep me in fruit until the loquats ripen and then the figs. My tangerine ripens late and are just in their peak now. We have satsumas to throw ate each other as most people have a tree or two. By the time they are finished the tangerines come on strong. I also have a tree called @@@@tail grapefruit which I got from my friend @@@@ (Richard) Watts. This year I have flowers for the first time and I hope I get to taste one. @@@@ says they look like grapefruit but with taste more like an orange. Have any of you tasted one of those?
                                                  "gene"
                                                  Zone 9 Houma LA in the bayou land.

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                                                  • Hershell
                                                    Hershell commented
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                                                    The stump I crafted was my Coctail grape fruit. Nuf said
                                                    However. The one that I got from a friend was good. Good enough to make me want one But mine didn't set fruit well.
                                                    Last edited by Hershell; 03-12-2015, 10:48 PM. Reason: Spelling, spelling and spelling
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