Figgy Rebuttal

Mrs. Homegrown here:

I had to register my disagreement with Mr. Homegrown’s Mission Fig vs. Kadota Fig post. Seems Erik decided to hold a taste test and invite only himself. The Kadota figs are certainly very good. But much of that goodness comes from their sweetness. They are sweet as honey, but not cloying. I respect that, but I don’t crave it. Unlike Erik, I don’t have a sweet tooth. Therefore, of the two I prefer the less sweet Black Mission figs–they’re figgier, for lack of a better word. So don’t go to bed thinking that you’re really missing out by not having one of them fancy Janice Kadota trees in your yard. They’re very good figs, but they’re not all that.

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  1. We’ve got an adriatic fig and get freakin’ figged out from too many of them. I dry them in our dehydrator, freeze, and deal with them later, since I refuse to waste the fruit and know they must be nutritious. Eventually they get put to use, but no one in my family is that fond of them.

  2. Kristen,

    When we moved into this house we had a bland but highly prolific mystery fig in our yard. For years we did as you do — tried to figure out how use all that bland fig flesh.

    We hate to chop down mature trees, but the day we took out that fig and planted the black mission was a great day. It’s a real treat to look forward to figs–to covet them–rather than try to figure out how to deal with them. Know what I mean? In short, I’m suggesting you bite the bullet, take it out and plant a tastier fig, or another kind of fruit tree.

  3. Sometimes a gardener gets stuck–needs a reminder that the plants are theirs to rule– needs permission to remove a perfectly healthy one. Thanks for your advice Mrs. Homegrown. We may very well remove our Adriatic fig, but first, I’ll need to taste a black mission.

  4. Will you guys please get your story straight? I am working on space to plant a fig tree and I need to figure out what kind. Meanwhile everyone with extra figs that they don’t know what to do with can leave them at my house.

  5. What about brown turkey fig? I think that’s all we can grow in the southeast. We just planted one this past weekend and I’m hoping it wasn’t a mistake!

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