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DFIC 27, Beale, Belleclare #11

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Discovered in California in the 1920’s, Beall is a medium to large purplish black fig with amber colored flesh. Good flavor and hardy in the South. The trees put out two crops in the summer, closed eye, reliably fruiting during rainy cycles. Fruit ripen August through September. Zones 7-10.

Brebas are pyriform with prominent neck, brown to purplish black, shading to green on the neck. Main crop is oblate to pyriform with a short, thick neck. Very good flavor. Well-adapted in California and hardy in the South.

Figues du Monde: Described by Olmo (1946) and Condit (1947). This would be a lucky seedling found by WA Beall in Santa Clara Valley, California in 1922. The Osborn variety would be one of the parents. Small to medium sized tree, 5-lobed leaves with large scallops. Figier bifère, 70g, light brown epidermis, amber pulp, autumn fig 66g, brown epidermis, amber pulp, good taste quality, very productive.

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Beall: Described by Brooks and Olmo (1946) and by Condit (1947). A chance seedling, found by W. A. Beall in the Santa Clara Valley, California, and transplanted by him to Fresno, where it fruited in 1922. Characters suggest Archipel (Osborn) as the female parent; variety reported well worthy of planting in desert valleys and in coastal climates for the production of fresh fruit.

Tree moderately vigorous, bearing two crops; terminal buds violet-brown. Leaves medium or larger, dull to slightly glossy above, mostly 5-lobed; upper and lower sinuses of medium depth and width; basal lobes often auricled; base cordate, the sinus generally narrow; margins crenate. Fruit descriptions are from Riverside, California, specimens.

Brebas large, up to 3 inches long by 2-1/4 inches in diameter, pyriform, with prominent, thick neck; average weight 71 grams; stalk thick, up to 1/4 inch long; eye medium, open; white flecks scattered, fairly conspicuous; color brown to purplish black, shading to green on the neck; pulp white; flavor fairly rich; quality good.

Second-crop figs medium to large, oblate to turbinate, with or without a short, thick neck; average weight 66 grams; stalk short and thick; ribs elevated, more deeply colored than body; eye medium, open, with violet scales; surface somewhat glossy, with distinct bloom; white flecks large, conspicuous; color claret-brown to coppery black, lighter toward the stalk; skin checking at maturity; pulp amber, hollow at center; flavor fairly sweet and rich.

Caprified figs with light-strawberry pulp and large, fertile seeds; dried figs of poor color and quality.

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California, US


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7/12, 45g


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