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  • Celeste DFIC# 80

    Donated from: California, United States (Comment: Donated to NCGR, Davis) Donors: University of California.
    Maintained by the Natl. Germplasm Repository - Davis. NPGS received: 01-Jan-1900

    DFIC# 80:

    California Rare Fruit Growers, Vol. 23, No.6, December 1991,
    Plump, small-to-medium size fruit. Tightly closed eye.
    Beautiful light-violet to violet-brown skin. Sweet, firm, juicy white flesh resists spoilage.
    Excellent fresh or dried. Tangy aftertaste when fresh. Small tree.
    Celeste. The fruit is small (10-15 grams each) and violet to brown with a light strawberry-colored pulp. It is very good in quality as a fresh, canned or preserved product. The fruit droops at maturity and has a closed eye. This makes it highly resistant to splitting and souring. The fruit has a slender stalk and tapering neck. Leaves generally have three lobes but may have three to five lobes. This variety makes a dark preserve and is processed as a specialty item. It is also an excellent home orchard variety for fresh and processed use.
    Celeste (Malta). The Celeste fig is small, brown to purple in color and adapted to all areas of Texas. Celeste is the most cold hardy of all Texas fig varieties. The tree is large, vigorous and very productive. Celeste usually does not have a Breba crop; the main crop ripens in mid-June before the main crop of other Texas fig varieties. Celeste fruit has a tightly closed eye which inhibits the entry ofthe dried fruit beetle. The fruit does not have excessive souring on the tree. Celeste has excellent fresh dessert quality with a rich sweet flavor. It is an excellent processing fig, either frozen or processed as fig preserves. Do not prune mature Celeste trees heavily because this can reduce the crop.

    Photos: by www.OurFigs.com Forum member,

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    Last edited by AscPete; 03-01-2015, 07:10 PM.