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Variety
Cascitello
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Casciteddha, Cascella, Cascetta, Banegra, Colummo, Colombo, San Pietro, Schiavone, Schivone, Niuro, Canibianco, Canibianchi, Mario, Mariu, Napulitanu

Description

This fig tree is present in the South of Italy in the Lecce Province, Salento, where it is considered among the best variety both for its heavy breba and main crop production.

Cascitello is a quite demanding fig tree and must be planted in a well prepared soil in order to ensure that the plants grows strongly, otherwise there is a strong likelihood that Cascitello will produce tiny fruits of poor quality. One must not hesitate to move Cascitello somewhere else in the garden, if growth is insignificant.

On the other hand, when Cascitello is pleased with its location, the tree grows fast and usually produces breba and main crop fruits the very first year. The growth habit is erected and the leaves are light green.
The cold resistance is quite good, however, Cascitello requires a sheltered position (south facing) and some wind protection (house or wall).

The brebas fruit production is abundant, however the tree is sensitive to temperature variations in spring, which can make fruits drop. Due to the exceptional quality of this fig, and in order not to lose the entire crop, keeping the tree small (adequate trimming) helps protect the tree in case of cold nights.

As a matter of facts, as soon as night temperatures fall beneath 5°C, the use of a wooden removable sight break arranged around the tree plus a top cover made of wintering veil give good results. This protection must be removed as soon as the night temperature raises again.

The breba fruit is really rich and posseses a complex fruity savor. The fruit melts in the mouth, is honey-like with fruity organoleptic notes of banana and black mulberry plus something unique to Cascitello. The fruit skin is very thin and very sweet but when fully ripe, the fruit skin cracks which means that it is time to savor Cascitello. Heavy summer rains may wash away the high sugar rate.

The main crop fruits are very similar to the breba ones, though the fruits are somehow smaller, but sweeter. During a warm fall and even after some heavy rains, the sugar rate of the main crop remains high. The main crop is early.

In Lecce, the main crop may be caprified (pollinated) on purpose to produce dry figs. These fruits are of medium size, have crunchy seeds and are named “Schiavoni”.

However, when the main crop is not caprified, the fruits are used mainly for family consumption. These fruits are slightly smaller than the “Schiavoni” and are named “Canibianchi”. These are the only fruits that can be produced outside of the natural fig area.

Cascitello is somehow a capricious fig tree that may be difficult to settle down, which requires a light protection in spring in order to get a significant breba crop and which produces a regular, early and quite abundant main crop. The fruits have a delicate and unique perfume.

Under proper cultivation, this fig is an absolute winner.

Biferous crop

Origin: Italy, Puglie

Condit

Described by Guglielmi (1908) and De Rosa (1911) as Cascitello; described by Vallese (1909) and Donno (1951a) as Nero. De Rosa states in a footnote that he prefers the name Cascitello over Nero, as the latter is a general one, commonl used for other varieties. De Rosa gives the following synonyms: Casciteddha, Cascella, Cascetta, and Banegra. Vallese and Donno give additional synonyms: Colummo, Colombo, San Pietro, Sampiero, Schiavone, Niuro, Canibianco, Mario, Mariu, and Napulitano. Two of these, San Pietro and San Piero (Sampiero), are described elsewhere in this monograph as distinct varieties. As pointed out by Donno, Cascitello (synonym Colummo) should not be confused with Colummone or Colombo Pazzo (Colombro).

Trees widely planted in Lecce Province, producing two crops; leaves generally 3- lobed; terminal buds brick red, as described by Donno (1951a).

Breba crop generally abundant, although scarce in some years; fruits turbinate, broad at apex; stalk short, often swollen; skin greenish violet, checking somewhat at maturity; pulp rose-colored, very sweet; seeds few, hollow.

Second-crop figs of two sorts; the caprified, designated as Schiavoni, and the uncaprified, designated as Canibianchi. Schiavoni medium, oblate, depressed at the apex; stalk short; eye rather large, with scales violet; skin checking rather prominently at maturity, readily peeled; color violet-black; pulp coral red; seeds fertile. Canibianchi smaller, sometimes not even half the size of the Schiavoni, much lighter in color of skin and pulp; flavor sweet; seeds few. Fruit of Cascitello is mostly consumed fresh, especially the Canibianchi; the Schiavoni are preferred for drying.

Family
Type
Common
Readily Available?
No
Gateway?
No
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Main Crop

Main Season
Main Flavor Group
Main Skin Color
Brown, red
Main Pulp Color
Light Strawberry
Main Eye
Main Flesh Color
Main Drying Suitable?
Main Preserves Suitable?
Main Additional Notes
  • Main Yield: very high
  • Main Additional Flavors: Fruity, Black Mulberry, Dried fruits, Honey
  • Main Perfume: strong
  • Main Eye Opening: Medium, opened
  • Main Eye Color: Brown, violet
  • Main Fruit Average Weight: 45g
  • Main Overall Flavor: Excellent
  • Main Fruit Seeds: Felt few
  • Main Fruit Neck Color: Red
  • Main Skin Thickness: Thin
  • Main crop is resistant to splitting
  • Main Fruit Stalk: Breaks off readily
  • Main Fruit Neck: Very short
  • Main Fruit Stalk Shape: Short & thick
  • Main Fruit Texture: Melts in the mouth
  • Main Fruit Shape: Turbinate
  • crop begin 9/4
  • No fruit drop
  • No alternance

Breba Crop

Breba?
Yes
Breba Skin Color
Violet, orange
Breba Pulp Color
Amber
Breba Flesh Color
Breba Eye
Breba Flavor Group
Breba Drying Suitable?
Breba Preserves Suitable?
Breba Wasps Required?
Breba Additional Notes
  • Breba Yield: good
  • Breba Fruit Drop: high
  • Breba Additional Flavors: Fruity, Banana, Black Mulberry, Honey
  • Breba Overall Flavor: Excellent
  • Breba Crop Begin Date: 7/25 in ?
  • Breba Skin Thickness: Very thin
  • Breba Splitting Resistance: weak
  • Breba Eye Opening: Big, opened
  • Breba Eye Color: Green, brown-violet
  • Breba Average Size: 75-90g
  • Breba Fruit Seeds: Not felt
  • Breba Fruit Texture: Melts in the mouth
  • Breba Perfume: Strong
  • Breba Fruit Shape: Pyriform flattened
  • Breba Fruit Stalk: Breaks off readily
  • Breba Fruit Stalk Shape: Short & thick
  • Breba Fruit Neck: Short
  • Breba Fruit Neck Color: Green, brown
  • Breba Alternance: weak

Climate

Cold Hardy?
Yes
Zone
Wind Resistant?
Yes
Good Container Variety?
Yes
Easy Rooting?
Additional Climate Notes
  • Cold Hardiness: good
  • Container Growing Rating: very good
  • Wind Resistance: good