Bellone

Bellone

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Bellone
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Antibes, Bellona, Belloune, Black Nice, Black of Nice, Ficus carica bellona Risso, Fig of Nice, Figue de Nice, Nice,Noire de Nice, Sultana

 

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Figues du Monde: Described by Bernard in 1787. According to Sauvaigo (1889), it was cultivated in Provence and the Bellone is the queen of figs in the region of Toulon in San Remo. She is very sought after fresh and surpasses in taste all the others. In the dry state, this variety is delicate, beautiful and little alterable. In the terroir of Nice, there are some wonderful examples. 
Large tree, vigorous in spreading habit, leaves 3 to 5 lobes. Uniform fig (occasional bifère), purple black epidermis pruineux, strawberry pulp, late August maturity 40g, high productivity, suitable for drying, jam, fresh, good taste quality.

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As Bellona: (syns: Bellone, Belloune, Ficus carica bellona Risso). See Rolland (1914) for synonymy. Described by Bernard (1787), Duhamel (1809), Bory de Saint Vincent (1824), Risso (1826), Couverchel (1839), Hogg (1866), Sauvaigo (1889), Colby (1894), Eisen (1901, after Sauvaigo), Rolet (1916), Mazières (1920), Leclerc (1925), Bois (1928), Simonet et al. (1945), Simonet and Chopinet (1947), and Evreinoff (1947).

Tree with drooping branches; producing two crops; leaves large, deeply 3- to 5- lobed. Extensively grown in Provence, where it is reported by Sauvaigo to be the queen of figs; excellent both fresh and dried. Description of fruit is after Simonet, from specimens secured at Antibes.

Brebas rare, or none, medium, pyriform; neck well marked, often curved; ribs prominent; color violet-gray; pulp red.

Second crop abundant; figs broadly oblique-pyriform, flattened at the apex; ribs elevated; eye small, closed, scales erect, violet; skin purplish black, checking at maturity; pulp red, with numerous small seeds; quality excellent.

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Pierre Baud
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France

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