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  • Monstrueuse

    Monstrueuse
    aka Grosse Monstreuse de Lipari


    Descriptions:
    An excellent fig with an unfortunate name. Leaf: cordate, 3 to 5 lobes, upper sinuses shallow, crenate margins. Two crops. Brebas are oblique-pyriform with large, distinct neck, medium to large, green tinged with violet and dark strawberry pulp. Good quality. Main crop figs are slightly smaller, turbinate without neck or with a short one, grass green with light pink pulp. Sweet and rich flavor. Quality and size varies according to local climate. Brebas, for example, are good at Riverside while the main crop is bigger and better on the California coast. I have been looking for this one for five or six years and finally got a couple of plants from some cuttings Don Polensky of San Jose, California sent me in early January 1998. Synonym: Grosse Monstreuse de Lipari.
    Main crop figs are rich in flavor, dark red pulp with green skin. Breba crop sampled in 2014 was not very good. I neglected eating this fig for several years due to thinking green figs just aren't right but then realized how good this fig was and it's reliably a great fig although sometimes it's soured on me, but usually way past peak ripeness.
    Condit praises it highly. Large, grass-green fig of good quality. Fairly tender. Medium-large, green tinged with violet figs have dark strawberry colored pulp. Very good quality, rich and sweet. Vigorous and productive tree produces both a breba and second crop. A French variety dating from the mid 1800's it is known to do well in the eastern US.

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    Additional Pictures:
    http://figs4fun.com/Thumbnail_Monstrueuse.html


    References:
    1. http://figs4fun.com/Varieties.html
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    Last edited by OurFigs; 03-02-2015, 12:17 PM.

  • #2
    Zone / Region: 9b Near Sacramento, CA

    Cultural practice: Grown ground with drip irrigation

    Leaf descriptions:

    Fig descriptions: Main crop figs are rich in flavor, dark red pulp with green skin. Breba crop sampled in 2014 was not very good. I neglected eating this fig for several years due to thinking green figs just aren't right but then realized how good this fig was and it's reliably a great fig although sometimes it's soured on me, but usually way past peak ripeness.

    Growth habits: Average vigor. Tree is about 15 years old, fertilized very little.
    Last edited by OurFigs; 03-02-2015, 12:13 PM.
    My fig photos <> My fig cuttings (starts late January) <> My Youtube Videos

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    • #3
      Originally posted by HarveyC View Post
      Zone / Region: 9b Near Sacramento, CA

      Cultural practice: Grown ground with drip irrigation

      Leaf descriptions:

      Fig descriptions: Main crop figs are rich in flavor, dark red pulp with green skin. Breba crop sampled in 2014 was not very good. I neglected eating this fig for several years due to thinking green figs just aren't right but then realized how good this fig was and it's reliably a great fig although sometimes it's soured on me, but usually way past peak ripeness.

      Growth habits: Average vigor. Tree is about 15 years old, fertilized very little.
      Grosse Monsturese de Lipari - 2015

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