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  • Kathleen's Black main 2016

    Here is a nicely ripened KB fig, the tree is in a 4 gal pot, 2 nd year. The taste reminds me a MBVS or a Black Mission, berry and juicy. On purpose, I had it next to a Noire de Caromb. I have seen many mentioned that KB and NdC are the same, I say they are not the same. KB is much closer to a Black Mission by taste and productivity. NdC taste is much more complex and with a pleasant aftertaste. This comparison is based on the pollinated figs, maybe non pollinated they are the same, do not know. In my case, the NdC wins absolutely.
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    USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: Boysenberry Blush

  • #2
    That looks great Igor! There is such a small window to pick them perfect with this heat wave.

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    • #3
      Brian,
      I agree, this summer is quite challenging. It is hard to say when a fig is ripe since they are all hard on touch.
      USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: Boysenberry Blush

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      • #4
        I have been told that KB takes several years to fully develop, a painful 4 to 5 years.
        Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

        “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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        • #5
          Scott,

          My comparison is for the KB and NdC of the same age exactly. If KB needs more time, that also tells us they are not the same. But in 4-5 years the NdC will also get better!
          USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: Boysenberry Blush

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          • #6
            My KB bit the dust early this spring, I was very unhappy about that. I just acquired another so I will keep on waiting to find out with you. So many variables Igor!!!!
            Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

            “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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            • #7
              My KB is bearing 10ish fruit in its second leaf. I also got one breba off of it this year, which was pretty tasty. If it's going to get significantly better in a few years than my first sample, then I'm going to be super pleased.
              Johnny
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              • #8
                This is a comparison of two dead ripe KB and NdC. Although they look identical , the taste is not the same. NdC is much richer with aftertaste while , as I mentioned before, the KB reminds me a good Black Mission.
                To free the space, KB will go at the end of the year. It is still a very good fig but I need room.
                If anybody near LA wants one in a 4 gal pot, Pm me.
                You may only view thumbnails in this gallery. This gallery has 3 photos.
                USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: Boysenberry Blush

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                • SeattleFigs
                  SeattleFigs commented
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                  how about their skin? texture or smooth? and productivity comparison? thank you for sharing!

                • greenfig
                  greenfig commented
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                  The NdC wins in productivity for sure. The skin is thin with smooth texture.

                • SeattleFigs
                  SeattleFigs commented
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                  thank you so much! im looking for dark color flesh fig with smooth skin. my VDB has texture skin that kills my tongue

              • #9
                It’s an old thread but I am curious if the NdC produces any breba? I trim it heavily every year and thought that maybe I should leave a few branches to produce?
                The last year was very productive and the more I trim the more the fig trees produce so I trim it for sure if it’s not worth keeping for the breba
                USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: Boysenberry Blush

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