FVDB Field Descriptions

General

This group provides general information for this variety.

  • Variety: The name is not intended to be the “correct” variety name, but merely a convention for the variety record. Varieties with additional information after the variety name in parentheses, denote a strain for that variety name, e.g. Black Madeira (UCD). This field is validated so as to not accept duplicates.
  • Favorite: Selecting the heart (♡, will become ❤️ when registered and logged in) will add the variety to your favorites list and be viewable on your User Favorites page. This will also add to the total favorites for this variety.
  • Overall Rating: This is automatically generated by the individual ratings for this variety.
  • NPGS ID: This is a clickable link to the variety in the NPGS database. The NPGS ID is usually a DFIC #, but can be a PI or other designation. If blank or N/A, the variety does not exist in NPGS.
  • Synonyms: This is a list of synonyms/AKA for this variety. When performing a search, the variety name AND the Synonym fields are searched for matches. There can be multiple AKA’s for multiple varieties. Again, varieties with additional information after the variety name in parentheses, denote a strain for that variety name, e.g. Black Madeira (UCD).
  • Variety Strains: This field is currently used primarily as an admin tool to identify and manage different strains and varieties, but may find a permanent role in the FVDB.
  • Description: It can contain both general descriptions of the variety, as well as reviews.
  • External Links: The links may be to other websites, forums, PDFs and YouTube videos.
  • Condit Monograph: This field includes the variety info from Ira J. Condit’s  book, Fig Varieties: A Monograph, where available. Note that Condit, though very much an expert on fig varieties, is not always correct with his data.
  • Family: Identifies the family to which this variety is commonly associated. Many varieties are not yet associated with a family. The families are not set in stone. They may be modified, expanded, or streamlined. The current list is:
    • TBD (To Be Determined)
    • Adriatic
    • Atreano
    • Black Madeira
    • Black Mission
    • Bourjassotte Noire
    • Brunswick
    • California Brown Turkey
    • Celeste
    • Chicago Hardy (FKA Mt Etna)
    • Col de Dame
    • Columbaro Nero (FKA Sal’s Corleone)
    • Dalmatie (FKA Stella)
    • Dauphine
    • Desert King
    • Dottato (FKA Kadota)
    • English Brown Turkey (AKA European/Eastern Brown Turkey)
    • Longue d’Aout
    • Violette de Bordeaux
    • White Marseilles
  • Sub Family (New): Identifies the sub-family (and the parent) for some varieties. The current list is:
    • Hardy Chicago – Malta Black
  • Type: This displays the type of the variety. In addition to the four types, a new sub-type has been added, Caprifig – Persistent, to search on this significant property of persistent caprifigs:
    • Caprifig
    • Caprifig – Persistent
    • Common
    • San Pedro
    • Smyrna
  • Collection: This field contains the collections to which the variety may belong. Some of these collections are still incomplete in the FVDB. And other collections may be added. Some additional considerations are UCR, UCD, and others. The current list includes:
    • Belleclare
    • Bluemalibu Farms
    • Figues du Monde (Thierry just sent me his list)
    • Francesco Lorusso
    • Gorgi M
    • Italian Numbered
    • LSU (Official)
    • LSU (Unofficial)
    • Monserrat Pons
    • Pierre Baud
    • Planet Fig
    • Prusch Park
    • Trees of Joy Introductions
  • Non-Carica: This field specifies the species of the variety if it does not belong to ficus carica or is a carica hybrid. The current list includes:
    • Afghanistanica
    • Cocculifolia
    • Gnaphalocarpa
    • Johannis
    • Palmata
    • Palmata x Carica
    • Pumila
    • Pumila x Carica
    • Pseudocarica
    • Pseudocarica x Carica
    • Racemosa
    • Sycomorus
  • Availability: Options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Availability Rating: The 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • Beginner: Identifies how appropriate a variety is for beginners. This may actually need to be amended to take into account climate/region. Options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Beginner Rating: The 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • Origin: Country or region of supposed/attributed origin.

Images

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  • Featured Image: This is the image that is displayed in the search list, at the top of each record, OpenGraph tags and in internet searches.
  • Image Gallery: The collection of images other than the Featured Image.

Main Crop

This group contains fields associated with the main crop. The breba crop has its own group (see below). Note that caprification can have a significant impact on much of this data, even on common varieties.

  • Main Season: Displays the production season of the main crop. Options are:
    • Early
    • Early-Mid
    • Mid
    • Mid-Late
    • Late
  • Main Earliness Rating: The 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated. (5=early, 1=late).
  • Main Yield: Displays the productivity of the main crop. Options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Main Yield Rating: The 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • Main GDD: A numeric field that displays the Growing Degree Days. Still in its infancy, GDD seems to have the potential to more objectively standardize the season of a variety.
  • Main Ripening Days: A simple precursor to GDD, but with fewer variables taken into account. May be less accurate than GDD, but has demonstrated some level of accuracy along with simplicity.
  • Main Primary Flavors: Due to the broad array of flavor descriptors and “groups”, each flavor has been separated. This has actually proven quite effective in a database format. However, with many different inputs of flavor descriptions, there is a lot of redundancy in the flavor terms that need to be streamlined. It may be an interesting experiment to have 1st, 2nd & 3rd flavor fields. The current options are:
    • Acid
    • Adriatic Berry
    • Berry
    • Bordeaux Berry
    • Brown Sugar
    • Caramel
    • Complex Berry
    • Dark Berry
    • Exotic
    • Figgy
    • Fruity
    • Honey
    • Light Berry
    • Light Honey
    • Melon
    • Molasses
    • Nutty
    • Sharp Berry
    • Strawberry
    • Sugar
    • Tropical
  • Main Additional Flavors: These are additional flavors that are distinct from the typical “group” flavors. As a significant number of Additional Flavors have shown up, they have been migrated into the Primary Flavor category.
  • Main Primary Flavor: This is a new field and is to be used to identify the PREDOMINANT flavor of the main crop for this variety. This field is currently set to contain only one predominant flavor. However, it may be necessary to allow multiple primary flavors, based upon growing conditions. New, more specific, flavors are being evaluated for the options and will be added as needed.
  • Main Secondary Flavor: This is a new field, designed to work with the new Main Primary Flavor field. It is to be used to identify the SECONDARY, yet still significant, flavor of the main crop for this variety. This field is currently set to contain only one predominant flavor. However, it may be necessary to allow multiple secondary flavors, based upon growing conditions. Note: the Secondary Flavor does NOT have to be different than the Primary Flavor. Some varieties may have such a narrow flavor profile as to justify having the same flavor in both fields.
  • Main Flavor Notes: This is a new field, designed to work with both of the new Primary & Secondary Flavor fields. It is to be used to identify the NOTES or HINTS of a flavor(s) of the main crop for this variety. This field is populated based upon entries. If multiple Notes are entered, they should be separated by commas.
  • Main Flavor Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for the flavor quality of the variety.
  • Main Fruit Size: Actual weights have proven to vary DRAMATICALLY. Climate and caprification are significant factors in weight size. But the Fruit Size can be a good indicator of average/median size. Climate and caprification can be taken into account. The options are:
    • 0-15g
    • 15-30g
    • 30-50g
    • 50-75g
    • 75-100g
    • 100-150g
    • 150+g
  • Main Seed Crunch: The options are:
    • None-Little
    • Light
    • Moderate
    • Elevated
    • Heavy
  • Main Seed Crunch Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for the above (1=none-little, 5=heavy). Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • Main Skin Thickness: The options are:
    • Very Thin
    • Thin
    • Average
    • Thick
    • Very Thick
  • Main Eye Opening: This has been a challenging field to define. There are many different approaches to describing Ostiole (eye) openings. A standard method is critical for a usable database format. The current options may not be the ideal approach, but they are:
    • Closed
    • Open
    • Small
    • Conical
    • Plug
  • Main Eye Opening Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for eye opening (1=large/open, 5=tight)
  • Main Eye Description: A text field that displays additional information about the eye.
  • Main Fruit Drop Resistance: The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Main Fruit Drop Resistance Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • Main Split Resistance: The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Main Split Resistance Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • Main Rain Tolerance: The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Main Rain Tolerance Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • Main Uses: This field displays the uses for which the variety is suited. The current options are:
    • Animal Feed
    • Baked
    • Dried
    • Fresh
    • Preserves
  • Main Additional Notes: Additional helpful main crop information.

Breba Crop

The fields for the breba crop are similar to those of the main crop, with a few notable exceptions.

There is currently only a single star rating field: Yield. This is to help identify varieties which produce brebas. Other star rating fields have been avoided to help reduce ratings being selected on non-breba varieties. I’m working with the database developer to provide an option to disable the entire Breba Group if the variety is identified as non-breba.

In addition, the flavors are assumed to be largely the same as the main crop, with some differences. So the flavors are described as such. This is largely to simplify the database. If it is found necessary to add similar flavor descriptions as the main crop, it will be added.

Note that caprification can have a significant impact on much of this data, even on common varieties.

  • Breba? Displays whether the variety produces brebas. It should be noted that many varieties produce such a small quantity and quality of brebas that they are classified as non-breba varieties.
  • Breba Yield: Displays the productivity of the breba crop. The options are:
    • None-Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Breba Yield Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • Breba GDD: Growing Degree Days for the breba crop.
  • Breba Flavor: A text field for the flavor of the breba crop. A field to hold the data used to populate the new flavor fields.
  • Breba Primary Flavor: This is a new field and is to be used to identify the PREDOMINANT flavor of the breba crop for this variety. This field is currently set to contain only one predominant flavor. However, it may be necessary to allow multiple primary flavors, based upon growing conditions. New, more specific, flavors are being evaluated for the options and will be added as needed.
  • Breba Secondary Flavor: This is a new field, designed to work with the new breba Primary Flavor field. It is to be used to identify the SECONDARY, yet still significant, flavor of the breba crop for this variety. This field is currently set to contain only one predominant flavor. However, it may be necessary to allow multiple secondary flavors, based upon growing conditions. Note: the Secondary Flavor does NOT have to be different than the Primary Flavor. Some varieties may have such a narrow flavor profile as to justify having the same flavor in both fields.
  • Breba Flavor Notes: This is a new field, designed to work with both of the new Primary & Secondary Flavor fields. It is to be used to identify the NOTES or HINTS of a flavor(s) of the breba crop for this variety. This field is populated based upon entries. If multiple Notes are entered, commas should separate them.
  • Breba Ripening Days: Displays the number of ripening days for the breba crop.
  • Breba Fruit Size: The options are:
    • 0-15g
    • 15-30g
    • 30-50g
    • 50-75g
    • 75-100g
    • 100-150g
    • 150+g
  • Breba Seed Crunch: The options are:
    • None-Little
    • Light
    • Moderate
    • Elevated
    • Heavy
  • Breba Skin Thickness: The options are:
    • Very Thin
    • Thin
    • Average
    • Thick
    • Very Thick
  • Breba Eye Opening: Displays the eye opening of the breba crop. The current options are:
    • Closed
    • Open
    • Small
    • Conical
    • Plug
  • Breba Eye Description: A text field for the description of the breba crop eye.
  • Breba Fruit Drop Resistance: The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Breba Split Resistance: The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Breba Rain Tolerance: The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Breba Uses: The current options are:
    • Animal Feed
    • Baked
    • Dried
    • Fresh
    • Preserves
  • Breba Additional Notes

Climate

This group provides data largely associated with climate.

  • Vigor: The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Vigor Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • Cold Hardiness: The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • In Ground Zone: Largely used to keep track of zone data until a useful field can be developed.
  • Produces After Die-back: The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Produces After Die-back Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • Lignified Wood Winter Survival Rating: This is rarely discussed, but seems like a worthy piece of information. This is a 5-star rating field.
  • Rooting Ease: The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Rooting Ease Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • Container Adaptable: The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • Container Adaptable Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • RKN Resistance: This displays the varieties’ resistance to Root Knot Nematodes. The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • RKN Resistance Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • FMV Resistance: This displays the varieties’ resistance to the Fig Mosaic Virus. The options are:
    • Poor
    • Low
    • Average
    • High
    • Excellent
  • FMV Resistance Rating: This is a 5-star rating field for the above. Could eventually replace the above field when sufficiently populated.
  • Additional Notes

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