Choosing the Best Figs for
WSARE Final Report
Brown Turkey figs proved to be the most
profitable fruit from our 12 Trees Project and because
of that, we applied for a grant to test different
varieties in a number of the Big Islands microclimates.
The three-year grant, which begins July 2007 will run
for 3 years, at the end of which we hope to be able to
make cuttings of various types of figs available to
local growers. Funded by Western Region Sustainable
Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE), this
project hopes to develop a fig industry in what just
might be one of the best places in the world for fig
application narrative from Ken Love and Dr. Kent
Some of the figs we will
A few fig pictures from Italy 7-08
You can check the personal section of hawaiifruit.net for more fig pictures from fruit markets in Italy.
Dalmatian fig tree thats said to be naturally dwarfing.
Another giant fig!
Parma's botanical garden and natural history museum. Two pictures of bonsai figs
Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative
136 gram UCR 187-25 with a brix of 20! 6-8-08
All the 187-25s weighed more than 120 grams 6-8-08
They are grown in protective bags 6-8-08
Ants on a giant amber fig 6-8-08
figs bagged on the Osbourn Prolific 6-8-08
Even with bags and other deterrents,the figs are so swwet that birds find them
more bird damage 5-22-08
Bird Deterrents 4-21-08
First Santa Cruz Darks 1-23-08
First Conadria Fig 1-1-08
First Rattlesnake Fig 12-10-07
First Black Misssion Fig 12-10-07
First White Genoa Fig 12-4-07
First Ischia Black Fig 12-4-07
First UCR 187-25 Fig 12-4-07
Bagged figs and others on 1-1-08
First excel figs 11-07
Fig planting area at Kona Pacific Farmers Coop 6-7-07
Map of trees planted as of 9-21-07
selected trees and fruit on 10-17-07
Giant Amber San Pedro types 4-08
Love Family Farms
from 20 varieties potted on 4-17-07
First planting of 4 trees 6-21-07
Bree's Pono Farms
Figs planted 1-08 Randyl, Gold Celeste, Rattlesnake, LSU Purple, Carter and Waimanalo
Harrington & Sons Farm
Chez Marquis Farm
Steve Marquis's report on his figs, 7-08.
Steve Marquis's second report on his figs, 2-08.
Steve's planting areas 1-28-08
Steve marquis's first report on his figs, 9-07.
University of Hawaii Kainaliu Experiment Station
Giant Deanna fig brix test 7-25-09
Plastic bags cover young fig trees to see if they develop better than those without. 6-8-08
Photos of each fig tree after planting 4-18-08
Irrigation system photos
Fig Field after planting 4-18-08
map of planted figs 4-18-08
Special Thanks to Paul, Gary & Mary, Charlie, Bonnie, Joan, Mark and Hal for getting all the cuttings potted up and having to wait 2 days for Fed Ex to find them!
Potting the first shipment of cuttings from Davis 1-25-08
Potted figs waiting for planting 1-1-08
More potted figs waiting for planting 1-1-08
UH plot area with irrigation pipes ready for planting.1-1-08
Clearing rocks at UH planting site.
Rocks are cleared by hand with rakes and shovels
Fig taste and brix tests
Giant Deanna fig brix test 7-25-09
Conadria fig brix test 16% 9-08
Archipel fig brix test 17% 9-08
Ischia Black fig brix test 6-3-08
LSU Gold fig brix test 4-26-08
White Texas Everbearing fig brix test 4-24-08
Early Violet fig brix test 3-4-08
Vernino fig brix test 3-4-08
Flanders fig brix test 3-4-08
Gold Celeste fig brix test 3-4-08
Tena fig brix test 2-26-08
Osbourne fig brix test 2-26-08
Flanders fig brix test 2-26-08
Ischia Black 2 fig brix test 2-26-08
Denna fig brix test 2-8-08
Ischia Black fig brix test 2-8-08
Sample brix results for commercial vrs tree ripe (1-25-08)
Tasted figs with various ratings using discriptors from Ed Stover, Chef Paul Heerlein and Ken Love
Tasted figs as above in a excel file
Figs tested in Calif. 9-07 -
Individual fig variety photos with leaves, whole and cut fruit
149 fig photos on black cloth - 9-23-07
113 fig varieties on a 1/2 inch grid - 9-23-07
Taste profiles and photos of more than 100 vaieties will be uploaded over the next month.
Fig varities tested 9-07.
Numeric key to figs tested.
Names of tested figs.
Photo of cut figs (key is not yet available)
CRFG fig and grape tasting 9-8-07
turkey fig tree, pruned low for harvesting ease, at the
12 Trees Project.
turkey figs growing at the 12 Trees Project.
turkey figs harvested at the 12 Trees Project.
Brown turkey and white kadota figs from the 12 Trees
Project being sold through Adaptations.
Value Added Fig Products
Italian dried figs in balsamic vinegar 1-24-08
Value added fig products from Europe
Figs and fig juice from Taiwan
Misc. photos and notes
Ugly brown turkey figs from Calif. in a great package
Brix results of Calif. versus Hawaii Brown Turkey Figs
Links to pages on fig diseases
Fig plant disease guide from University of Florida
Fig plant disease guide from Texas (TAMU)
Fig Endosepsis from UC Davis
Fig Diseases by D.F. Ritchie, North Carolina State University
Figs in Fresno from Joe Sabol
Jon Verdick's fig site figs 4 fun.
Jon Verdick's fig figs 4 fun forum
Jon Verdick's Encanto Farms Nursery.
Jon Verdick's fig paper present to the CRFG Festival of Fruit 8-07
Figs in Israel
day in Israel(8-07)
Figs (Ichijiku) in Japan
Container and field Fig tests in Aichi-ken(3-23-08)
Fresh Figs sold in Tokyo (5-27-04)
Fig growing and marketing in Japan-report (3-21-04)Figs at the Nagoya Japan Fruit Park (3-20-04)Figs at the Hamamatsu Japan Fruit Park (3-20-04)Aichi-ken Japan Agriculture Station(3-19-04)Fig farm & pruning in Aichi Japan(3-19-04)Fig orchard & pruning in Chiba Japan(3-8-04)
Fig orchard in Chiba Japan-3 months later(6-8-04)
This project is funded by:
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
SARE is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
that functions through competitive grants conducted
cooperatively by farmers, ranchers, researchers and ag
professionals to advance farm and ranch systems that
are profitable, environmentally sound and good for
List of fig varieties in the USDA germplasm repository
in Davis Calif.
fig publication for the University of Hawaii
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