There are hundreds of fig varieties
Many are similar in appearance and taste while others are distinctive in all respects. These differences add to the versatility of the fig.
Fig'n Delicious orchard grows three varieties of what is known as the 'common fig'. These are fig trees that produce fruit without pollination and are propogated from cuttings. The varieties in our orchard are the French Sugar, San Piero, and the Adriatic.
The origins of the French Sugar are uncertain but it is likely to have been imported from Britain by early settlers prior to the 1900s. It is a vigorous and flourishing variety with medium sized fruit. It has a green to violet skin colour.
The French Sugar has a luscious sweet amber flesh with a honeyed flavour that makes it very popular to eat fresh and in dishes.
French Sugar - fruits from mid-February to end of March
The San Piero variety, also referred to as the Black Genoa, is common in Italy, Southern France and Spain, and in the 1900s it was introduced into California. It has a medium to large sized fruit with an oblong shaped neck.
San Piero - fruits from mid March to mid April
The Adriatic originates from central Italy and became established across Europe in the warm climates. It is a medium sized fruit. It has a greenish skin It fruits mid to late in the season about April - May.
Adriatic Fig - fruits from mid to late in the season from about April to May.
These varieties were selected because firstly we wanted to harvest over a long fruiting season.
Figs have a short fruiting season so we selected one variety that fruited early, another variety that fruited in the middle of the season and another one that fruited later. Secondly we wanted versatility of taste and uses amongst the varieties and we also wanted fig varieties that would adapt to the local conditions and environment.