When is it ok to call one common?

December 19, 2020 • All Things Figs, Headline • Views: 451

I got Ruby Rose from Evdurtschi a year ago (or less) as a cutting. Because this tree was unknown if it was common, and suspected of possibly being a smyrna, I had it off the collection of figs I have and on a separate area where I knew I always had to keep an eye on it. I heard that the few others who have this variety have had figs but dropped. Some even “ripened” one or a couple of figs but believed it was still, possibly a smyrna. I myself had about 3 drop but since then, I have had nothing but ripe figs off of it. The tree still hasn’t been cut down because it still has figs and I want to see if it drops any further figs or ripens them. The figs are small but I noticed they are rain-proof. Atleast these “worst rains we ever had”, these fig were unfaced by them. The figs become hairy and have a hybrid look. The tree is vigorous and the figs tasted sweet, with a slight hint of peach like flavor with a velvety soft skin and closed eye.

Eric’s Ruby Rose images show a couple of different figs. One with super dark flesh and one super red, both caprified. On the contrary, my figs are a golden yellow with a red tint bleeding into the center, looking almost like the beautiful Rose Gold, another one of Eric’s collection. Here are the pictures I took today of Ruby Rose as I picked it just a couple of days early but still a great candidate, specially for those in the hot, wet South.

So back to my original question in the title: When is it ok to call one common?

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2 Responses to When is it ok to call one common?

  1. eboone says:

    Hi Rigo,
    This is an interesting question, one that is a feature of modern society. Historically, the gardener in a rural, Mediterranean agricultural area did not concern himself with this. If he found a interesting seedling fig, he may have initially watched it, picked figs from it over a few seasons, and maybe eventually dug it up and moved it to his garden, started his own cuttings from it, or grafted it to another plant (in a more sophisticated region). He may or may not have had nearby caprifigs, he might not have hung the caprifigs in his trees – not all areas used them. If it produced good quality figs he was happy. That was the only decision he likely faced.

    Today, we have to know almost immediately! Someone else hears of it, sees the beautiful photos and wants it! Someone wants to sell it, and a common fig can be distributed to a bigger market! Some may altruistically want to save varieties of value and distrubute them widely. Not judging motives here, but we need to understand the reason for the ‘need’ to make a call about it quickly.

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the modern benefits of the OurFigs forum, this database and obtaining figs from a wide variety of locations. But I wonder if the ancient gardener might have been happier, living content with what he had. 🙂

    • Rigo says:

      I couldn’t agree more with you, sir. Sometimes I ask myself the question of “What it must have been like living just a few years back?’ I would have liked to know what it was like being more patient to get my hands on a certain variety or how “rare” it was to hear of a “new find”. Now a-days, we have people “finding” even 5 new varieties in a week. Makes me sigh just thinking about it. But, I’ve decided to just go along and enjoy the journey as much as I can, slowly stepping away and enjoying just what I have now and learn from it.

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